As first reported by TigerNet, the Clemson Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs will play each other to open the 2024 football season in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The schools have been working over the last couple of months on a variety of scenarios to play, including home-and-home arrangements to satisfy Clemson’s schedule gaps in 2021 and 2024.
TigerNet reported that both schools signed the contracts Thursday afternoon.
Gary Stokan, the President of the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and Kickoff event told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Give Kirby [Smart] and Dabo [Swinney] a great deal of credit, They wanted to get this game done, and so did (Georgia athletic director) Greg McGarity and (Clemson AD) Dan Radakovich.”
Clemson and Georgia met every season from 1967 through 1987, but only eight times since, last playing a home-and-home at Clemson in 2013 and Athens in 2014. The Tigers have just 18 wins in 64 overall matchups with the Bulldogs, the most recent victory coming in the home matchup in Death Valley in 2013, 38-35.
The 2024 game will be Clemson’s third appearance in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, (2008 vs. Alabama & 2012 vs. Auburn) and first regular season game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.