The South, by and large, has always been known as the college football capitol of the United States. But if Gary Stokan, president of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, has his way, the City of Atlanta will be forever known as the college football capital of the entire world. And Stokan has a pretty strong argument to keep making that case, just as he did last year in an exclusive with SB Nation Atlanta.
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In an interview with CBSSports.com, Stokan made some pretty strong (and factual) statements about college football in general and Atlanta in particular:
"We are at the intersection of the ACC and the SEC with alumni from every school in the country. The passion for college football here can't be matched," said Stokan. "We already host some of the biggest events in the sport."
The SEC Football Championship is one of the toughest tickets to get in all of sports, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has sold out 15 straight times and the College Football Hall of Fame will move to Atlanta from South Bend, In. at the end of 2014.
Not to mention that Atlanta has filed to host the Champions Bowl which will pit the SEC against the Big 12. These are just a few of the reasons that Stokan may be right in his claim.
So if they ever make a College Football World Map, don't be surprised if the star is placed over the State of Georgia.