ESPNEvents.com has announced that the 10th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney, will be played at Bright House Networks Stadium on the campus of UCF. The previously announced Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football matchup between the North Carolina A&T Aggies of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Alabama A&M Bulldogs of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) will be played Sunday, Aug. 31, and it will be televised on an ESPN network.
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UCF approved the use of the stadium during a Board of Trustees’ meeting on Thursday. The game was played at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, from 2008-2013 and Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., from 2005-2007. The Citrus Bowl is currently being renovated and is unavailable for the 2014 MEAC/SWAC Challenge.
“We are thrilled to have North Carolina A&T and Alabama A&M making their MEAC/SWAC Challenge debuts in our 10th anniversary game,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president and general manager, ESPN Regional Television. “UCF’s Bright House Networks Stadium will serve as a wonderful venue, allowing us to give our student-athletes and fans an experience to remember for a long time.”
Opened in 2007, Bright House Networks Stadium is the one of the newest college football venues in the U.S. Home to the UCF Knights football program, the stadium seats 45,323 and it serves as the “crown jewel” of the school’s Athletics Village. The MEAC/SWAC Challenge marks the first time the venue will host an NCAA Division I football game not involving UCF.
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