ACC announces schedule of events for 2015 ACC Championship
CHARLOTTE, NC – Below is information on a number of initiatives surrounding the 2015 ACC Football Championship Game. For more details, please click the link in the title.
Mirroring what is in place for NFL games at Bank of America Stadium, a ‘clear bag’ policy will be enforced at the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and refrain from bringing any type of bag.
In addition, with this year’s game expected to have a capacity crowd, individuals are cautioned against purchasing tickets from unauthorized sources. Many counterfeit tickets may look genuine, but contain a barcode that is no longer valid or designed for another event. The Bank of America Stadium Ticket Office will not be able to assist fans who have purchased counterfeit or voided tickets with being admitted to the game or receiving a refund.
The sale of beer and wine to those of legal age will be extended to all ticketed patrons. The alcohol policy enforced by the Carolina Panthers at NFL games will be in effect for the 2015 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.
Game Sold Out
The 2015 Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game is sold out. This will mark the third time that the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship has sold out at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium since the venue began hosting the event five years ago. Overall, the five ACC title games held in Charlotte prior to this year have attracted a total of 343,334 fans for an average attendance of 68,667. Since 2010, the ACC ranks second among all conferences in total attendance and average attendance at its football championship game.
Coverage & Social Information
Fans can find complete coverage of the weekend and join in the conversation by liking the ACC’s official Facebook page; following @theACC and @theACCFootball on Twitter; following @ACCsports on Instagram and Snapchat or by searching for #ACCFCG. All of the ACC Digital Network’s Must See Moments and Game Highlights will also be available on theACC.com and on the ACC Sports Mobile and Tablet App.
ACC Gameday App
The Official ACC Championship App can be found as a free download in the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores. The app is the go-to resource for fans attending the game by offering a more complete experience with in-depth game coverage, event guide, maps, social streams, live stats, news and video. The app is available for download on Apple (http://apple.co/1SAFDTj) and Android (http://bit.ly/1S1Yaba).
United Way Partnership
The ACC has partnered with the United Way of Central Carolinas on a five-year agreement in support of a youth-education based charitable initiative associated with the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. The partnership focuses on improving reading proficiency and attendance, key components to raising the high school graduation rate for at-risk students. The ACC/United Way Reading and Attendance Challenge is the centerpiece of the initiative and includes area students and their parents or guardians, through local United Way agencies. Those children who read the most books or have the best attendance during the challenge period at their agency will be provided with an all-expenses covered outing to the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game and will be recognized during the game.
ACC Mascot Outreach
The Atlantic Coast Conference mascots will visit the winning agency of the ACC United Way Reading and Attendance Challenge on Friday, Dec. 4 as part of an outreach initiative for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. During the visit, a presentation of the mascots will take place and children will have the opportunity to have their photo taken. Media interested in attending the event should contact Marianne Schroer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wounded Warrior Project & National Anthem
For the 11th year, the ACC is partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project® to invite WWP Alumni and their guests to the game. The five invited WWP families will have VIP hospitality at FanFest, VIP viewing of the concerts and pregame sideline access. In addition, all five heroes will take part in a special recognition on field in between the third and fourth quarters. This presentation will be followed by the singing of God Bless America by Frank Thomas, a retired first sergeant who served 25 years as a Combat Engineer in the Army. The national anthem will be performed by Opera Carolina’s Noah Rice.
Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Square
The ACC will join in Uptown Charlotte’s “Lights on the Square” festivities with the annual Uptown Tree Lighting ceremony, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. The event, hosted by Charlotte Center City Partners, will feature food, inflatables, cars on display and performances. In addition, the ACC’s 14 football mascots and Santa will be present for fans to take photos.
ACC Night of Legends presented by the Belk Bowl
The ACC will host the ACC Night of Legends on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The signature event will recognize a Legend from each ACC institution, as well as the 2015 ACC Football award winners. The 2015 ACC Football Legends will also be honored during a ceremony at the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on Dec. 5.
ACC Football Fan Central at EpiCentre
EpiCentre, a popular Uptown Charlotte destination, will serve as headquarters for all ACC football fans on Dec. 4. ACC Football Fan Central will begin at 7 p.m. with a battle of the Atlantic Division and Coastal Division pep bands at 9 p.m. The event also features special appearances by ACC mascots, a DJ and a live performance by 20 Ride.
ACC Fan 5K & Kids Mascot Run
The annual ACC Fan 5K will take place the morning of Saturday, Dec. 5, in Uptown Charlotte. Registration is $35 in advance, $40 the day of the race for the 5K, and $10 for the Kids Mascot Run. Children ages 3 through 9 are invited to run with the ACC’s 14 football mascots. Each child will receive a t-shirt and have breakfast with the mascots following the Kids Mascot Run. Proceeds will benefit United Way of Central Carolinas.
ACC FanFest will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, with live music, games and entertainment outside Bank of America Stadium. ACC FanFest, located adjacent to Bank of America Stadium and centered at the intersection of Mint and Graham Streets, is the ultimate pregame activity. Fans of all ages can get into the spirit of ACC Football with interactive games and Corporate Champion attractions, team mascots, food and beverage, autograph signings, game merchandise, giveaways and general family fun. The event is free to the public and runs from noon until 7 p.m. Highlighting the afternoon will be live performances by award-winning country music artists Dustin Lynch and Tyler Farr.
ACC & USA Football FUNdamentals Clinic
The Atlantic Coast Conference will hold the ACC & USA Football FUNdamentals Clinic on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 3-5:30 p.m. on the Carolina Panthers’ practice field outside of Bank of America Stadium. The clinic will instruct participants ages 7-13, and their parents, on proper equipment fitting, concussion awareness and the heads up tackling technique. Partnering with USA Football, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Chick-fil-A, the goal of the event is to help make the game of football better and safer.
ACC Cheer Performance
The ACC will hold its annual Cheer Performance on Saturday, Dec. 5. Partnering with the Universal Cheerleaders Association, the event provides youth cheerleaders the opportunity to receive private instruction from world renowned UCA staff, and learn and perform a routine on the field before the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.