By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team will open the 2011 and 2014 seasons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Here are the details:
— Boise State will face Georgia on Sept. 3, 2011, at 6 p.m. MDT in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The game will air on ESPN or ABC.
The Broncos will receive about $1.4 million, the largest payout for a regular-season game in school history. Georgia will receive about $1.7 million. Georgia likely would have received more but game organizers and ESPN are paying Louisville $600,000 to get Georgia out of a home-and-home series with the Cardinals.
Boise State has 7,500 tickets reserved for the game but doesn’t have to sell them all. The rest go to Georgia, Georgia Dome ticket holders and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
— Boise State will face Ole Miss on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the first of two Chick-fil-A games. Alabama will play that Saturday, likely against an ACC team.
The Ole Miss matchup was moved from 2011 in Oxford, Miss. Boise State will get $1.1 million, $200,000 more than it was scheduled to receive in Oxford. Mississippi gets $2 million. Chick-fil-A is contributing $50,000 to each school’s general scholarship fund, as well.
On the Friday night between the two games, the new college football hall of fame in Atlanta will holds its enshrinement ceremony.
Boise State still is working on ticket details for 2014.
My earlier post:
Boise State will play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in 2011 and 2014.
The Broncos will face Georgia in 2011 and Mississippi in 2014. The Mississippi game will be on a Thursday night with Alabama playing a second Chick-fil-A game on Saturday.
Boise State originally was scheduled to play at Ole Miss in 2011.
Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier is not available to comment today. The Broncos play Fresno State at 7:30 tonight at Bronco Stadium.
Boise State and Georgia met in the 2005 season opener in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs won 48-13.
The Broncos’ other non-conference games in 2011 are at Toledo, at Fresno State, vs. Tulsa and vs. Nevada.
About 400 tickets remain for tonight's game. They're still on sale at half-price because they were unused student tickets. About 1,000 have sold since yesterday.