ACC Championship Game Headed To Tampa, Charlotte


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GREENSBORO, NC ? The Atlantic Coast Conference has awarded its future Football Championship Games to Tampa Bay and to Charlotte, John Swofford, the Commissioner of the ACC, announced Wednesday.

Swofford announced that the league has awarded its football title game to Tampa Bay for the 2008 and 2009 seasons and to Charlotte for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The decision was reached unanimously Wednesday morning on a conference call of the league?s athletics directors and faculty athletics representatives which culminated a seven-month bid and selection process which began last June.

The sequencing of the cities was largely influenced by a city-wide convention in Charlotte in 2008, which limited access to key Uptown hotels and ancillary event areas. The awarding of the Championship Game for four years allowed the Conference to meet each city?s request to host the event for a consecutive two-year period.

?We are extremely excited about the future of the ACC Football Championship game at these sites,? said Swofford. ?Both Tampa Bay and Charlotte are tremendous destinations in terms of their football venue, community support and partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both locations have outstanding leadership as well as surrounding communities that have embraced the opportunity to continue the growth of our championship game.?

The ACC?s Football Championship Games on December 6, 2008 and December 5, 2009 will be held at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, the Outback Bowl, as well as Super Bowls XXXV (2001) and XLIII (2009).

?We are excited about the opportunity to not only host, but to also grow this game to a level that?s befitting of the Atlantic Coast Conference,? said Jeff Adams, Chairman of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. ?Based on the overwhelming support we have received from the Tampa Bay community, we are confident that we will meet and exceed the ACC?s expectations.?

The Conference?s title games on December 4, 2010 and December 3, 2011 will be held at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL?s Carolina Panthers and the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

?Charlotte is delighted to have been chosen to host the 2010 and 2011 ACC Football Championship Games,? said Tim Newman, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

?With many amenities coming on line by 2010 including the NASCAR Hall of Fame and several new hotels and entertainment venues within walking distance of Bank of America Stadium, ACC fans will have a great time in Charlotte for those games.

?We wish Tampa Bay much success for 2008 and 2009 and look forward to bringing Championship to a great centralized location for all ACC Fans in 2010 and 2011. Many fans will get a preview of what Charlotte now offers when we host the 2008 ACC Men?s Basketball Championship next March.?

The first three Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Games were held in Jacksonville, Fla. Ticket information for the 2008 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game can be found by visiting www.accchampionship.com.

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Subject (Replies: 48) Author
spacer ACC Championship Game Headed To Tampa, Charlotte
Crump®
spacer Dumbest move ever. Tampa will NOT draw in more people***
OberTiger
spacer But now the Gator Bowl doesn't have as firm a foundation to
reflux
spacer They sure are betting on Miami and FSU***
SilverKing
spacer But the seats are red.
bw4tigers
spacer Look at all those BC fans.
bw4tigers
spacer ^^LOL^^
JVTiger
spacer Correct. The only way it makes money is if Clemson is in it***
Pawprinter
spacer I guess you didn't read...
MrPotatoHead
spacer What convention is it? It had better be a fairly sizeable
Swarley
spacer Let the convention go to Jacksonville or Tampa***
BigCUFan®
spacer Who knows...? Tampa in Dec. > Jacksonville in Dec,***
bigal1
spacer Jax is the pits - it is south GA. Tampa is GREAT and the
kktigers
spacer It's about time ...***
apextiger®
spacer Half the people responding couldn't have even read the story***
apextiger®
spacer In that case, I don't want Clemson in the ACC-CG until
CUTiger1989®
spacer Based on TB's track record, you should get your wish.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Wondered how long it would take for someone
CUTiger1989®
spacer Swofford is a MORON
Paws-itive Tiger
spacer While I think Tampa is a poor choice.....
BigCUFan®
spacer Was at a huge function at Raymond James stadium last night..
kktigers
spacer thats GD ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
balllin
spacer It will ONLY be a sellout if Clemson, VT, or FSU make it in
FLTiger87
spacer Correction: ONLY a sellout if Clemson or FSU vs VT***
tigerNnc®
spacer NO WAY -- It would SELL out if Clemson played WAKE,
FLTiger87
spacer I think we could sell it out alone...
goclemsontigs
spacer ok, so I'm optimistic ?***
FLTiger87
spacer Except Clemson vs. Wake in the ACCCG is impossible....***
grover173
spacer but Clemson vs. Duke is not.
clemsonsuzi®
spacer Re: NO WAY -- It would SELL out if Clemson played WAKE,
tigerwife2
spacer booooooooooo***
deleted
spacer The ACC blows it again. What a bunch of idiots.***
Toogie
spacer I absolutely agree !!!!!
BigCUFan®
spacer Considering we've never played in it, shouldn't this be in
Pawless
spacer Re: Considering we've never played in it, shouldn't this be in
Kinghunterx5
spacer So the ACCCG will be the butt of jokes for 2 more years. ******
Swarley
spacer Unless we win our divison next year***
goclemsontigs
spacer The game is too far from ACC schools now....
goclemsontigs
spacer Bright side = we'll have variety for our trips!***
tigerNnc®
spacer Great move!!!....
BengalBen
spacer Remind me, what ACC school other than Miami
BSLTiger
spacer Miami fans barely drive across town to see the games....
BigCUFan®
spacer Done to provide ammo for ACC when Charlotte becomes the ...
tigerNnc®
spacer Probably- or they hope CLEMSON plays next year and it sells
FLTiger87
spacer tampa gets 2008&2009 because char can't host 2008
henry®
spacer Tampa...HURL***
grover173
spacer GREAT, GREAT move ! ! ! If we make the ACCCG, everybody
kktigers
spacer Personally, I think whenver it is that Clemson makes it...
cutigres
spacer It don't matter where it is held it will not be full unless
TigerD4Him
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