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Done deal: Georgia to open 2020 season against Virginia in Atlanta

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Georgia hopes it won’t take until 2020 to play at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but the Bulldogs do know they will open the ’20 season there with a Monday night game against Virginia. That announcement was made Wednesday by the schools and the Peach Bowl.

“Two teams with a very competitive history, a prime Monday night time slot and a pair of talented, up-and-coming coaches make this matchup a marquee event to close out the opening weekend of college football,” Peach Bowl CEO Gary Stokan said in an official release.

The teams are scheduled to play in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at night on September 7, which means the Labor Day night game.

Georgia opened the 2016 season by beating North Carolina in Atlanta and coach Kirby Smart said afterward that he wanted to play in this game “every year, and make it a home game.” That elicited a “We’ll sign that contract right now!” shout from Stokan.

This was the final season of the Georgia Dome. Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens next season and annually will play host to the SEC championship game.

The two programs last faced each other in 2000 in the now-defunct Oahu Bowl, with the Bulldogs winning 37-14.

There will be two games to open the season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2020. In addition to Georgia-Virginia, Florida State will take on West Virginia on Saturday, September 5.

The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Games for the 2017 season features Alabama vs. Florida State and Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee. Alabama-FSU will be on Saturday, September 2, while Tech-Tennessee will be on Labor Day night on September 4.

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