Oregon's season-opener against Georgia is officially a sell-out
The Dan Lanning era at Oregon kicks off with a bang. The Ducks play the defending national champs—and Lanning’s former boss in Kirby Smart—right out of the gates.
Officials announced on Wednesday the game—to be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia—has officially sold out more than a month and a half away from the action. The two teams meet on Sept. 3 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The game has now sold out 14 of 18 times since its creation in 2008. This year’s contest also represents one of the most in-demand tickets in the game’s history.
“This has already proven to be one of the toughest tickets we’ve ever seen for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game,” Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and president Gary Stokan said in a statement. “You have the defending National Champions squaring off with arguably the most successful Pac-12 team in the CFP era. With two passionate fan bases and the best neutral-site matchup on opening weekend, it’s no surprise we’ve seen such a strong demand for tickets.”
— GoDucks (@GoDucks) July 20, 2022
The matchup will potentially pit two top-10 programs against each other. Surely Georgia will open the season inside the AP Top 10. Oregon has a strong case to be included in that group as well. The game will mark just the second meeting all-time between the two teams, and the first in 45 years. The two last played in 1977, a Georgia win.
“This is going to be a tremendous matchup between two of college football’s premiere programs,” Lanning said in a statement. “The game being sold out already speaks to the power of these two brands and the national buzz around this matchup, and we look forward to seeing Duck fans out in full force in Atlanta. Our offseason has been all about focusing on our DNA traits as a team and coming together as one unit, and our student-athletes are working incredibly hard to create a really solid foundation for the season. We can’t wait for the opportunity to put that hard work on display against an elite opponent on Sept. 3.”
The game is slated for a 12:30 p.m. PT kickoff on ABC on Sept. 3.