For football fans in Northwest Georgia who can’t wait for the start of the 2018 season, The Corky Kell Classic is delivering an early start. On Thursday August 16, 2018 Rome’s Barron Stadium will host a double-header featuring four playoff teams, two of which are defending State Champions, when 3A Calhoun faces 4A Ridgeland and 5A Rome takes on 7A Marietta.

Both games promise to be highly competitive tilts between powerhouse programs and the non-traditional Thursday night game times provide a unique twist on what should be an extremely entertaining evening of football.

In all, the series will feature nine games that will be played at Barron Stadium, Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) and Mercedes Benz Stadium. The opening games move to Rome after being hosted in Macon for the first two years and the opportunity is one Rome Head Coach John Reid feels this community earned.

“I think it’s a win for Corky Kell and a win for the fans,” said Reid. “Our community has shown tremendous support and an event like this energizes our fans, our players and followers of the sport in general. Having the opportunity to play this kind of game in our home stadium really speaks to the support we receive from our fans and I think that will be reflected by the amount of red and gold we see in the stands.”

For those who haven’t already secured their tickets, they are available online at www.corkykell.com at the advance ticket price of $12 per ticket. That price increases to $17 on game day so planning ahead will help the budget and those prices include both the 5:30 p.m. matchup between Ridgeland and Calhoun as well as the 8:30 p.m. tilt between Rome and Marietta. If tickets any tickets remain they will be available at the Barron Stadium box office, but fans are encouraged to buy in advance to ensure entry to the event.