CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Charlotte Sports Foundation announced they’ve reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension that will keep the conference’s football championship game in Charlotte through 2019.
The announcement was made at a news conference Monday in Charlotte, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
The game has thrived since moving from Tampa, Fla., to a more centralized location in Charlotte in 2010 with an average yearly attendance of nearly 70,000 fans the past four years. The 2011 game between Clemson and Virginia Tech set an ACC championship game record with 73,675 fans attending the title game in Charlotte.
This past season, Florida State defeated Duke in the ACC championship game en route to winning the BCS national championship.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford is excited about the extension.
“We are pleased to announce that Charlotte will continue to be the home of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship through the 2019 season,” said Swofford. “The Charlotte Sports Foundation, Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers and entire City of Charlotte have been outstanding partners and continue to facilitate the growth and success of the game and our many ancillary events. This annual weekend is a true celebration of ACC Football.”
Source: Associated Press