Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will premiere its new facilities over the Labor Day weekend by hosting the Alabama/Florida State football game on Saturday, followed by the Tennessee/Georgia Tech game on Monday.
Alabama, led by Head Coach Nick Saban, is ranked number one in preseason polls, however, Florida State would like nothing better than to come out on top of this opening day meeting. The Tide is favored to win and many sports analyst believe these two seasons could meet at the end of the season in a playoff game.
Quarterback Jalen Hurt and receiver Calvin Ridley will be a tough offensive combination. However, the Seminoles defensive backfield led by Tarvarus McFadden will undoubtedly stay close to the Alabama receivers all day. Expect a high-scoring, exciting game.
Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, September 2 on ABC.
The Tennessee Volunteers, under the direction of Butch Jones, are looking for their first 10-game winning season in many years. Jones is under tons of pressure to elevate the Vols to the level fans expected during the glory years of the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
These two teams haven’t faced off in 30 years and this early SEC/ACC matchup will be significant for both teams. Since the Georgia Tech campus is less than two miles from the new stadium, it will definitely feel like a home game for the Yellow Jackets and Butch Jones will feel an intense buzz as he tries to get the Vols off on the right foot.
Tennessee and Georgia Tech square off at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 CT on Monday, September 4. ESPN will broadcast the game.
The 1.5 billion dollar Mercedes-Benz Stadium bills itself as “the finest sports & entertainment facility in the world,” and will be the new home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Recently completed in 2017, the stadium holds the largest video board in the world and the retractable roof can open and close in about 12 minutes.