OrthoAtlanta is proud to serve as the official orthopedic and sports medicine provider to the 2018 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, a role it has held since the inaugural 2008 game. As the nation’s longest-running kickoff game, the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game matches two top college football teams in a neutral-site game in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium to open the college football season. The nationally-televised Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average in-stadium attendance of 68,887 over its 11-year existence and has been watched on television by more than 67 million viewers. The Saturday, Sept. 1 game, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC-TV, features a top-10 match-up between the No. 6 Washington Huskies and the No. 10 Auburn Tigers.
“As the official orthopedic and sports medicine provider of the 2018 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, OrthoAtlanta physicians, and medical staff will be present at the game, providing on-site orthopedic medical services throughout the game to the players of both teams, their coaches, staff, and officials,” cites Todd A. Schmidt, M.D., OrthoAtlanta orthopedic surgeon and medical director for the 2018 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Dr. Schmidt is joined by OrthoAtlanta Medical Director, Michael J. Behr, M.D., who serves as the co-medical director to the game, and by additional OrthoAtlanta orthopedic surgeons from multiple orthopedic specialties, plus athletic trainers and administrative staff.
The OrthoAtlanta medical staff and management personnel work together with Peach Bowl, Inc., management to insure the medical needs of the teams, coaches and staff are served. As shared by Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and president, “We value our partnership with OrthoAtlanta. The OrthoAtlanta physicians and medical staff work seamlessly with the Peach Bowl, Inc., staff, the teams, and officials, delivering expert medical service to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game each year.”
OrthoAtlanta staff will greet fans at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game FanZone presented by Coca-Cola pregame event on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center Building A. They’ll share behind the scenes information in the lead up to the game on their social media sites, including Facebook.com/OrthoAtlanta.