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Official Review by Brian Jones, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is considered one of the best non-BCS bowls on the schedule. It is played at the Georgia Dome every year on New Year’s Eve.
Normally, the game features a team from the ACC and the SEC. But with the College Football Playoffs taking place in 2014, the 2013 edition of the Chick-fil-A Bowl was the last game where both conferences would go head-to-head.
Started in 1968, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has been played at Grant Field and Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium before moving to the Georgia Dome in 1992. And when the new Atlanta Falcons stadium is built in 2017, the plan is the have the Chick-fil-A Bowl played there.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl has been a success over the years. The game has sold out for 17 consecutive seasons, making it the second longest sellout streak in the country only behind the Rose Bowl. If you've had a chance to experience the Chick-fil-A Bowl at least once in your life, you know exactly why that's the case.
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The food at the Chick-fil-A Bowl is what you would normally find at any football stadium. You can get hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders and fries for fairly reasonable prices. You can also get Williams Brothers barbecue, which is one of the best barbecue places in the south.
Also, there are two Taco Macs located inside the Dome. If you want great wings,Taco Mac is the place to be.
If for some reason you don't want to eat inside the Dome, the CNN Center, which is located right across from the Dome, has various places to eat. Some of the restaurants located in the CNN Center are Subway, Arby's and Chick-fil-A. There is also Dantana's, as well as another Taco Mac, which is always busy during game day.
I have been to a ton of sporting events in the Georgia Dome, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl is always the best when it comes to atmosphere.
The officials do a good job making the Dome home for both fan bases. The pre-game videos they show for both teams get the fans ready for the game, and no matter how the game is going, the fans are always into it.
Another good thing that the officials do is to have both bands perform during pre-game and halftime. I'm huge on college marching bands, and when they perform it always gets me ready for the game.
There are many reasons why the Chick-fil-A Bowl is a constant success, and the atmosphere is one of them.
With the Georgia Dome being in the heart of downtown Atlanta, there is never a dull moment.
For food, Stats is probably the best place to go. It's right next to the Dome, and there are a number of televisions so you can watch other bowl games before heading into the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Other restaurants of interest are the Husdon Grille, the aforementioned Dantana's and Max Lager's, which is the official bar and restaurant for ACC fans.
For other attractions, the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park and the World of Coca-Cola are the sure bets. All take a lot of time to view, but all places are informative and entertaining.
The fans for both schools always show great support for their teams playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. It's the best non-BCS bowl on the schedule, and the fans show their appreciation to the teams for having a solid season.
The fans are loud, smart, and more importantly, they are friendly. The fans are another reason why the Chick-fil-A Bowl has been a success and will continue to be a success moving forward.
Parking is never short at the Georgia Dome. There are numerous lots near the area, and depending on your knowledge of the area, you can cheaply park. The best place to park is at the parking deck right next to Philips Arena. It's around $20, and it's within walking distance of the Dome.
If you don't want to drive, MARTA is the alternative way for transportation. The transit station takes you right to the Georgia Dome, and it's only $5 for a round-trip card.
Once you are inside the Dome, getting to and from your seat is easy, because the concourse is big. The restrooms are always clean and there are a lot of them, which is necessary for a stadium that seats over 70,000.
The tickets for the Chick-fil-A Bowl can be on the expensive side, which is expected because it's a bowl that attracts a lot of fans and features the top teams for the ACC and SEC. You will get your money's worth, because the game is always competitive and the festivities before the game are always a treat.
If you can, make sure to get your ticket early so you don't have to pay double the price from secondary places like StubHub and Vivid Seats.
One point goes to the staff for giving nearly every fan a parachuting cow from the ceiling of the Dome. This is something you won't see in any other bowl game.
Another point goes to the staff. They are the best when it comes to giving the fans what they want.
The parade before the game gets a point. It's almost like watching the Tournament of Roses Parade, only with more cows.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl FanFest located at the Georgia World Congress Center gets a point. If you want to meet past and present players, play games and learn the history of the bowl, the FanFest is the place to be.
The final point goes to the MVP Tailgate located right next to the FanFest. For $60, fans can eat at the buffet, drink and enjoy live entertainment from the Chick-fil-A Moo Cow band. Yes, it's a band filled with Chick-fil-A cows.
I have been to the Chick-fil-A Bowl the last five years, and it gets better and better each time I go. It's a great environment for fans, the games are competitive and there's plenty to do before kickoff. It may not have the same mojo as the major bowls, but if there is one bowl game to go to that is not named Rose, Orange, Fiesta and Sugar, it is and always will be Chick-fil-A.
Member Review by collegiatestdms on Feb 04, 2012
The Chick-fil-A bowl is played in the Georgia Dome on December 31st each year. The matchup features a team from the SEC versus a team from the ACC. To many, the game is considered one of the top matchups outside of the BCS.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl originated as the Peach Bowl in 1968, and is still referred to as such by many who choose to ignore the corporate sponsorships which have overtaken the more traditional names over the years.
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