Stokan is major player in the business of college football

December 23, 2011
By Bill Krueger

The college football bowl season is about to kick into high gear, with NC State taking on Louisville in the Belk Bowl next week in Charlotte.

stokanBut at least one NC State alumni is always thinking about college bowl games. That would be Gary Stokan ’78, who is president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, one of the most successful bowl games in the country. Stokan, a former Wolfpack basketball player, is featured in the upcoming winter issue of NC State magazine talking about the business of college football.

The article also looks at Stokan’s efforts to bring the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta and, in the process, turn the city into the capital of college football. Stokan’s dreams for the Hall of Fame are big, as you can see in this video of Stokan’s vision for what he calls an “edutainseum” that will be a high-tech showcase for the best athletes and teams to ever play college football.

Stokan also runs the Chick-fiil-A Kickoff Game, a bowl-like spectacle that matches two top teams to start the college football season. There will be two kickoff games next year, with NC State meeting Tennessee in one.

So cheer for the Pack in the Belk Bowl next week and then read about Stokan when your copy of NC State magazine arrives in January.

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