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73,927 fans attend the 2015 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Louisville during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Louisville during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Auburn fans will travel.

The Tigers’ faithful showed up in large numbers Saturday at the Georgia Dome to cheer on their team as it faced Louisville in the 2015 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

During the fourth quarter, the official attendance number was announced as 73,927 fans.

While the number falls short of the record 75,211 fans that showed up in 2012 to watch Auburn face Clemson, it is higher than the event’s average attendance of 66,084 fans. The stadium’s capacity is listed as 71,250.

The Georgia Dome has hosted the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game annually since 2008. The event has twice featured a double-header (2012 and 2014).

In 2017, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game will move to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the future home of the Atlanta Falcons that is currently under construction next door to the Georgia Dome.

The participating teams for the 2016 and 2017 games have already been announced.

Next year, Georgia takes on North Carolina, and in two years there is another double-header planned with Alabama taking on Florida State, and Georgia Tech facing Tennessee.

Alabama has played in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game more than any other team in college football with four appearances (4-0). Clemson (1-1) and Virginia Tech (0-2) have each played in the game twice.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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