Georgia Tech has announced a five year deal with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, to one premier home game per season at the home of the Atlanta Falcons. Two of the five games already announced will come against Notre Dame.
Earlier, word leaked out that Georgia Tech’s 2022 game against ACC power Clemson would be moved to the state of the art NFL venue. That will serve as the season opener and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic game of that season.
The first season of this agreement is 2020, and Notre Dame will be the opponent for Georgia Tech’s new home-away-from-home game. The Yellow Jackets will host the Fighting Irish on November 14.
Georgia Tech announced the two future Notre Dame games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in its release today.
Georgia Tech athletics, AMB Sports & Entertainment and Peach Bowl, Inc. have entered a partnership that will have Georgia Tech football play an annual home game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium from 2020-24, the organizations announced on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech will host the following games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons:
2020 – Nov. 14 vs. Notre Dame
2021 – Date/opponent TBA
2022 – Sept. 5 (Labor Day) vs. Clemson – Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
2023 – Date opponent/TBA
2024 – Oct. 19 vs. Notre Dame
The announcement has drawn some derision, as is often the case when a team moves its home games. This is a bit more palatable, considering Mercedes-Benz Stadium is less than a mile from Tech’s campus.
Notre Dame likely likes this call, as well. The Fighting Irish have made it a habit to play big neutral site games at big venues like Mercedes-Benz almost every year. This won’t be neutral site—Georgia Tech has confirmed that it will control the home team allotment of tickets for these games—but I expect that ND will sell these much like their “Shamrock Series” games to the fan base.