Tennessee football to open season with Friday night game

ATLANTA, Ga -- The University of Tennessee announced today that the Vols will open the 2012 football season at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against North Carolina State on Friday, August 31.

The game will be televised on ESPNU and is the first regular-season Friday game for Tennessee since Sept. 29, 1939 that was also against North Carolina State. Tennessee has split its two all-time matchups with the Wolfpack, a 16-0 loss in 1911 along with a 13-0 win in the 1939 game, both in Raleigh.

"We look forward to being a part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff weekend in Atlanta," said Dave Hart, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics of the University of Tennessee. "The exposure afforded our university and football program through our participation in this season-opening event is very significant."

The last Friday night game of any variety for Tennessee was also in Atlanta, against Clemson on Jan. 2, 2004 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The last game in Atlanta for Tennessee was the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31, 2009 vs. Virginia Tech. The Friday evening game in Atlanta also represents the first weekday regular-season game for Tennessee since the season opener in 2008 against UCLA at the Rose Bowl, which took place on a Monday.

All Tennessee Fund donors and season ticket holder will have the opportunity to request and purchase tickets from UT for the game. Information on requesting tickets will be available in March and requests will be filled in donor rank order. If donors and season ticket holders do not purchase all available tickets, the remaining quantity will be made available for public purchase from UT during the summer.

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