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NC State fans called out by Chick-fil-A Bowl president

Posted July 23, 2012
Updated July 24, 2012

— It is about a seven-hour drive from Raleigh to Atlanta. It is about a three-and-a-half hour drive from Knoxville, Tenn., to Atlanta. So does double the distance mean half the fans?

Apparently, the answer is yes.

Gary Stokan, president of the Chick-fil-A Bowl and a North Carolina State graduate, challenged Wolfpack fans Monday while joining Adam and Joe on 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio, even going as far as calling them out directly. Larry fedora Quotes of the ACC Football Kickoff

The source of his frustration is the lackluster ticket sales for the season-opener, against a prime opponent, after he reached out to them specifically.

“I’ll be brutally honest, as an NC State guy I’m frankly disappointed in NC State’s support right now,” Stokan said while at the ACC Kickoff in Greensboro. “It shocks me, frankly, because every time NC State played at the old Peach Bowl, they would bring 25,000 people.

“Here we have Tom O’Brien that has done a magnificent job…they have a quarterback that is on all the lists, they have an All-American defensive back in (David) Amerson. I don’t understand why the NC State fans aren’t excited as heck to come to Atlanta, play against an SEC team, that they have a great shot at beating,” Stokan continued. N.C. State Logo More NC State Stories

According to Stokan, Tennesse, NC State’s opponent for the season opener in Atlanta, has sold 26,000 of their 31,500 allotted seats. NC State has sold just 15,000.

In the second of the kickoff games at the Georgia Dome, Auburn has already sold out their 31,500 tickets, while Clemson has sold 26,000 tickets.

Stokan said that he approached NC State to play in the game specifically because he could not get the Wolfpack in the bowl game last season, believes that they would be a contender against Tennessee of the SEC and because he felt they would be able to sell out their allotment.

“I just don’t understand why the support isn’t there to get them to 25,000 ticket sales right now," Stokan said. "I’m calling out the Wolfpackers right now. If we’re talking about ‘Wolfpack Unlimited,’ let’s show our unlimited support to Tom O’Brien and NC State in the first game, because if NC State wins that first game, they could be in for a special season.”

The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic between NC State and Tennessee is scheduled for Friday night, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.


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  • rduguyhere Aug 3, 2012

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    Wow, you are a sensible state fan.

  • rduguyhere Aug 3, 2012

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    You are OBVIOUSLY NOT a pack fan. lol

  • rduguyhere Aug 3, 2012

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    I thought ALL Pack fans made more than UNC fans. hmmmm.....

  • rduguyhere Aug 3, 2012

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    Oh, the Moo U Nation can't say anything without putting Carolina into it. Obsession at its best. LOL

    By the way MOO U fan, the last time UNC went to Atlanta for a game against an SEC team... LSU... and should have won the game but its all cool and all... we had 35K fans there.

    What's MOO U's excuse?

  • rduguyhere Aug 3, 2012

    So, has the shadow puppet nation sold out the game yet? I mean, come on... they have been talking about this game for a while now. THE BEST fans in the nation are sure to sell out the game huh? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Funny stuff.

  • lec02572 Aug 2, 2012

    Friday night game, in Atlanta with Auburn and Clemson coming to town right behind this game. Maybe, Carolina should have went. Oh yea, that can't go anywhere without a not from the NCAA for the next year or so.

  • Rhino Jul 30, 2012

    The Chick-fil-A Pres. is out of touch with the economy; not everyone has a seven figure+++ salary.

  • ScoDan Jul 27, 2012

    Love my Pack, but will NOT support anything Chick-Fil-A!

  • NCSU84 Jul 27, 2012

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    I have no problems with any type of marriages. I will always enjoy my Chick Fil A sandwich, waffle fries and seasonal milkshakes!

  • alandwanda Jul 26, 2012

    August football games at a neutral site are stupid. Schedule it in Knoxville or Raleigh and we'll talk. My money gets saved for the ACC championship and/or a bowl game. Those games mean more, and I am not made out of money. THREE celebratory games in one season in addition to season tickets and a couple of away games? You are either Romney or a dumb-bunny. I don't mind driving double the distance, but once you are there, you are gonna spend a hell of a lot of money. Mr. Stokan is a great Wolfpacker and we appreciate all he does, BUT I am not going to Atlanta in August for a game that should be in January.




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