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Duke, Alabama to open 2019 college football season in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

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DURHAM, N.C. — Duke is set to open the 2019 football season against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

The game will be played on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, according to a press release. It will be the first matchup between the two teams since 2010 when Alabama won 62-13.

The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game averages more than 67,000 fans each year, higher than 33 of last season’s bowl games. For Alabama, it will be their sixth appearance in the event as they’re also slated to play Florida State in 2017.

“For starters, we’re both honored and thrilled to represent Duke University and the Atlantic Coast Conference in this game. This is a tremendous opportunity for our program, and obviously an incredible challenge facing the University of Alabama,” said Duke head coach Coach David Cutcliffe. “The proud history between the two schools is well documented, as Duke and Alabama have an unparalleled common connection with Coach Wade, along with playing in the 1945 Sugar Bowl and Steve Sloan, who played quarterback under Coach Bryant and later served as the head coach here at Duke.  We’re certainly appreciative of Gary Stokan and his team for including us in this event as we know from experience it will be a first class occasion for our players and fans.”

Duke and Alabama have faced off a total of four times, with the Blue Devils winning 29-26 in 1945 and the Crimson Tide winning the remaining contests 35-12 in 1972, 30-14 in 2006 and 62-13 in 2010.

Ticket information is available at GoDuke.com.