President and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Gary Stokan joins the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show’s Around Atlanta segment to discuss the upcoming event and its impact on Atlanta with co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is owned and operated by Peach Bowl, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that also owns and operates the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge Charity Golf Tournament, manages day-to-day operations of The Dodd Trophy and was the original recruiter and founding sponsor of the Atlanta’s new College Football Hall of Fame. Founded originally by the Georgia Lion’s Club in 1967, Peach Bowl, Inc. hosted its first NCAA-sanctioned Peach Bowl game in Atlanta in 1968 as a charitable event.
According to Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. has given more than $21 million back to Atlanta in the form of charitable donations and scholarships since 2002.
Stoken quotes late Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy as saying, “If you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” A sentiment that Stoken says holds true today within Peach Bowl, Inc, a company that loves Atlanta, football and, of course, Chick-fil-A.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is celebrating its 48th occurrence in Atlanta, but this year the event will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal when either the No. 1 versus the No. 4 or No. 2 versus the No. 3 teams in the country face off on December 31, 2016 at the Georgia Dome.
Stokan explains that this year, Peach Bowl, Inc. has taken on a “Door to Dome” philosophy, meaning that no matter where people are in the United States, from the airport experience to checking into the hotel to game day, Peach Bowl, Inc. is going to amplify what is being done for the fans with some “good old southern hospitality.”
The day kicks off with a parade down Peachtree Street ending at the World Congress Center. For $10, fans can participate in Fan fest, which consists of three halls of interactive games, merchandise and Chick-fil-A food as well as meet-and-greet opportunities – the players even walk through before entering the Georgia Dome!
Atlanta is the third-largest convention town in the United States and three of the top five conventions hosted in Atlanta are college football games: the SEC Championship, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Listen to the complete interview with Gary Stokan to learn more about the many ways the Peach Bowl, Inc. gives back to the Atlanta community as well as volunteer opportunities and information regarding public Peach Bowl events.
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