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