ATLANTA, Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl – to be played on Saturday, Dec. 19, at noon from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta – officially confirmed Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champion Alcorn State University as the team to face the previously announced Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) college football champion, North Carolina A&T State University.
John Grant, executive director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, was on-hand at the SWAC championship game on Saturday, Dec. 5, to deliver the official invitation to Alcorn State University.
"Congratulations to Alcorn State University on their championship win, which earned them a ticket to Atlanta for our inaugural game," said Grant. "It was a tight race until the end and we are excited to see the Alcorn State University Braves against the North Carolina A&T State Aggies on Dec. 19 in this historic matchup."
Establishing itself as the very first bowl game of the season, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a new Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) postseason football bowl owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. It is a championship-style game between the MEAC and SWAC division champions and will be televised on ABC. ESPN is working with the 100 Black Men of Atlanta to manage the game's ancillary events which include youth symposium, robotics showcase, college and job fair, fan experience and more.
For MEAC fans, a special rate of $99/night is being offered at the Marriott Marquis, and is available for Dec. 17-19. Please visit Celebration Bowl for more details.
For SWAC fans, a special rate of $89/night is being offered at the Hilton Atlanta, and is available for Dec. 17-19. Please visit Celebration Bowl for more details.
The Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is also offering a special rate and is available for Dec. 13-20. Please visit Celebration Bowl for more details.
About ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
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