Over the years, Alabama has spent it's fair share of time in Atlanta, so much so that many have said it's their home away from home. Now it seems Auburn is trying to plant a flag of their own in the ATL.
The team announced on Thursday it will return to Atlanta in 2020 to play North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 12.
Aside from any future trips to the SEC Championship game, the 2020 game will mark Auburn's fourth trip to Atlanta in seven years as they're scheduled to play in the same game in 2018 against Washington on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m.
"The Chick-fil-A Kickoff game has established itself as a premier season opener in college football and we look forward to being a part of it again in 2020 against a very good North Carolina program," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement released by the university. "It's always great to play in Atlanta in front of a big crowd of Auburn fans."
"The notoriety and popularity of Auburn continues to rise, and we are excited to once again be a part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in 2020," added Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene. "This nationally televised game puts Auburn front and center of the college football stage. Gary Stokan and his staff do an outstanding job of putting on a first-class event and we look forward to filling Mercedes-Benz Stadium with orange and blue."
The 2020 meeting will be the third Chick-fil-A Kickoff game played as part of a multi-week welcoming of the new season in Atlanta. West Virginia and Florida State get things rolling on Sept. 5 and Georgia will face Virginia two days later on Monday night, Sept. 7.
This will mark the seventh time Auburn and North Carolina have met in football and the first time in 19 years. The Tar Heels hold a 4-2 all-time advantage in the series and won the last meeting 16-10 in the 2001 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
With the addition of the 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game, the Tigers have a solid lineup of games for fans to look forward to in the future. They face Oregon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in 2019 as part of the AdvoCare Classic and also have home-and-home's scheduled with Penn State (2021-2022) and Cal (2023-2024).