Alabama to Meet Miami in 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

ATLANTA – For the first time in 28 years, Alabama and Miami (Fla.) will face off on the gridiron when the two programs meet in the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The exact date, start time and television network are still to be determined.

“We look forward to returning to Atlanta for what will be Alabama’s seventh appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game,” UA athletic director Greg Byrne said. “As we experienced last weekend, the city of Atlanta coupled with the atmosphere of Mercedes-Benz Stadium makes for an incredible bowl-like event for both teams and fans, and we are honored to be a part of it.”

The two programs have met 17 times, with the Tide holding a 14-3 advantage. Their most recent meeting is one of the more memorable games in UA history as Alabama defeated the Hurricanes, 34-13, in the 1993 Sugar Bowl to win the school’s 12th national title.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to open another season in Atlanta for the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game,” Tide head coach Nick Saban added. “Our team and our fans have always enjoyed playing in Atlanta, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a fantastic competitive environment. This event always has the feel of a bowl game, and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl staff has made it a first-class event. We have a lot of respect for Coach (Mark) Richt and the Miami program, and we look forward to a great game in 2021.”

Alabama defeated Florida State, 24-7, in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 2 for its fifth win in five appearances in the game. The Tide is also scheduled to meet the Duke Blue Devils in the 2019 edition of the contest.