South Forsyth might turn out to play in the first ever football game in Georgia State University’s new stadium this fall.
The War Eagles, already slated to play for the second straight time in the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic, learned the venue for their game against Roswell will be in the Panthers’ new stadium that’s being created out of the former Turner Field.
South and Roswell will play the opening game Friday, Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m.
The Kell Classic event has unofficially marked the start of the high school football season since 1992 with a weekend of games between some of the top teams in the state. The biggest games were played in the Georgia Dome, the home of the Atlanta Falcons, even as the event expanded in recent years to include games in middle Georgia at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium and in Cobb County at McEachern High School. South made its first appearance in the event last season, facing Hillgrove at McEachern.
The Dome is slated for demolition as the Falcons move in to Mercedez-Benz Stadium this upcoming season, and scheduling conflicts with the Falcons and Atlanta United prevented the Kell Classic from moving to their joint home.
So the War Eagles will play in Georgia State’s new 23,000-seat stadium being built out of what used to be the home of the Atlanta Braves.