ATLANTA (AP) _ The Atlanta committee that organized the
Chick-fil-A Bowl is expected to announce final plans tomorrow for
Clemson and Alabama to open the 2008 season in the Georgia Dome.
Atlanta Sports Council officials have been in negotiations with
the schools for months to play the neutral-site game in Atlanta on
August 30th, with tickets distributed evenly between the schools.
Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan said last week that plans
for the game were put on hold while the committee focused on the
bowl game, but he said talks would resume this week. A news
conference is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.
Alabama played Florida State in Jacksonville on September 29th
this season in a similar neutral-site arrangement. Each team
received two million dollars for the game. Florida State won,
21-14, before a Jacksonville-record crowd of 85,412.
The 2008 season-opener would be Clemson's second straight game
in the Georgia Dome. Auburn beat Clemson 23-20 in overtime in the
Chick-fil-A Bowl Monday night.
If the deal with Alabama is finalized, Clemson would be set to
play its third straight game against a Southeastern Conference
team. Clemson closed its regular season with a win over South