The University of Alabama’s season opener against Florida State, pitting two national championship contenders in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, will be the site of ESPN’S College GameDay program, the network announced Wednesday.
The show, which runs from 8-11 a.m. CT, will broadcast live from International Plaza outside of the stadium. UA and FSU will be playing in the Sept. 2 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, which will kick off at 7 p.m. CT and be broadcast by ABC.
“College GameDay is synonymous with the biggest games of the year,” Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO and President Gary Stokan said in a statement. “With this game shaping up to be the Greatest Opener of All Time, we welcome GameDay back to Atlanta. It’s going to be an epic celebration of college football.”
The game will pit the sport’s two winningest programs since 2010 and may feature a matchup between the two highest-ranked teams ever to play on opening weekend.
The Crimson Tide will be making its fifth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Alabama is 4-0 in previous appearances, which took place at the Georgia Dome. UA has won its last 15 season openers, while FSU has won its last six.