ATLANTA, Ga. — West Virginia University fans will be descending on Atlanta, Ga. en masse a week from now ahead of the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game — featuring WVU’s Mountaineers and the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in a 2014 season opener for both teams.

Bill Toothman, president of the Peach State Chapter of WVU’s Alumni Association, said he’s expecting to see more than 20,000 excited Mountaineer fans.

“It started when the game was first announced and it’s continued to build up until now and the next eight days are probably going to continue to build even more,” Toothman said of the game buzz.

The Peach State Chapter has been called one of the most active WVU alumni chapters in the entire country and, because of that, Toothman said they’ve planned a full weekend of events for the gold and blue faithful.

On Thursday, Aug. 28, WVU fans will kick off the Atlanta weekend from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Laseter’s Tavern on Cobb Parkway — a destination for the WVU Peach State Chapter for the past 12 years. On Friday, Aug. 29, the party will move to Park Tavern on 10th St. NE.

MetroNews is traveling with Mountaineer fans. MetroNews “Talkline” with Hoppy Kercheval, MetroNews “Hotline” with Dave Weekley and MetroNews “Sportsline” with Tony Caridi will broadcast from Laseter’s Tavern on Thursday and Park Tavern on Friday.

On Game Day, Saturday, Aug. 30, the official WVU Mountaineer Madness Party will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center which is located next to the Georgia Dome, the game site. The Mountaineer party will be adjacent to the Chik-fil-A FanFest.

Game time is 3:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 31 it will be WVU Day at Turner Field as the Atlanta Braves take on the Miami Marlins.

More information about all of the Mountaineer fan events planned for the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game is available here.

Toothman is offering some advice to those traveling to Atlanta for the Labor Day Weekend. “I want to caution people. Atlanta’s a great city. It’s a big city. There’s loads to do. We’ve got four great days of events, but getting around is going to be pretty difficult,” he said.

The first Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game with Boise State and Ole Miss is set for 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Georgia Dome.

During the holiday weekend, more than 100,000 people are expected in Atlanta for the 28th Annual Dragon Con, called the world’s largest sci-fi convention which runs from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 at various locations. Georgia Tech hosts Wofford at Bobby Dodd Stadium at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. A NASCAR race is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Additionally, construction continues on the yet-to-be-named new Atlanta Stadium which sits next to the Georgia Dome and WVU officials have said game day traffic is expected to be extremely congested because of that work which has also eliminated 1,300 parking spaces.

Fans are being advised to pre-purchase parking passes or plan on taking MARTA, Atlanta’s bus and rail system which runs directly to the Georgia Dome.

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  • Miner 49er

    I'm glad to see the good press for WV and WVU. But be realistic people. This team is not going to beat Alabama.

  • Doug B

    As a West Virginia native living in the Atlanta area for 40 years now, I know downtown will be an absolute mess with all the other activities on for the weekend. I am a Marshall Alumni so I know I won't even attempt to go but would like to just to see the crazy WVU fans.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    There is no doubt in my mind this game pivots on the performance of our offensive line. They have little more than a wk. to make needed improvements.

  • JJ

    Mountaineer fans need to be realistic.
    We're a 27pt. underdog.

    Let's just hope we play (and act) respectful on national TV.

    Go Mountaineers.

  • Ron-from Morgantown

    The Chicken Bowl should be a fun time in Atlanta . I didn't know so much was going on that weekend . That's an impressive list . WVU is treating it like a business trip . Down on Fri , return after the game on Sat . DH is all business this year . I will be with all WVU fans in spirit , hope you have a great time . WVU has had some impressive victories in Atlanta . We were underdogs in all of them . This one would trump them all . In fact ,based on the spot , if we beat Bama , it will go down as one of the greatest upsets in college football history ( not the greatest but in the top 10 ) . I think we have an opportunity to show the nation that WVU football is alive and well . I expect a competitive game although Disney doesn't . That's why they put the game in the middle of the afternoon and not in prime time . Actually the prime time game is another b12 member - Oklahoma State v Fla State at 8pm . I say our game will be closer than their game .

  • GoEers

    Looking forward to going back to the Georgia Dome--the site of one of WVU's biggest wins in school history.

    I'm hoping this year's edition can duplicate that performance.

    Let's Go Mountaineers!!!

  • Monty Burns

    WVU is going to lose. This game will be a slaughter. Don't waste your money, stay home and watch it on TV,

    • george

      go back to wherever you came from--it can't be from west virginia.................with your kind of optimism we don't need depression..

      • Miner 49er

        I'm glad to see the good press for WV and WVU. But be realistic people, Alabama is a better team in a better conference with better players and a better coach. I would love to the Mountaineers win, but is not going to happen.

    • WVU 74

      Same was said of the 2006 Nokia Sugar Bowl that was played at the Georgia Dome. WVU was a paper-weight compared to a SEC powerhouse UGA team.

      Who went home with the trophy?

    • In da stickes

      Monty Burns, please have the decency to show up on this board after WVU shocks the world on August 30 and eat your portion of crow.

  • El Supremo

    I read on the internet that after expenses, each team is expected to take home $2 million.

    College athletics is all about money today and it will only get worse. It would be interesting to see how many college football programs earn more than each NFL team.

  • WVU 74

    I reside 30 miles north of Atlanta. I'll be there!

    BTW -- At an average price of $192 on the secondary market, the Alabama-West Virginia game is the most expensive edition of the kick off classic over the last four years.

  • MdMountaineer

    I'll be visiting friends and family for the Labor Day Holiday weekend and at the same time be amidst my fellow WVU fans converging upon downtown ATL.

  • CaptainQ

    Sure hope Oliver Luck got WVU a LOT of money to show up at this game. I have a feeling the team's going to be earning every penny of it.

  • Shawn H

    Wish I had the funds to go. The last time I was at the Georgia Dome we beat UGA.