The inaugural Celebration Bowl game between the SWAC and MEAC champions will be featured on ABC, event officials announced Tuesday.

The teams will meet in the newly created Celebration Bowl on Dec. 19 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game will air at 11 a.m. CST, officials said.

“We could not be more pleased to have the Celebration Bowl kicking off the college football bowl season on ABC,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president, ESPN Events. “Not only will the first annual Celebration Bowl deliver a first-class postseason experience to the teams, their fans and their alumni; the live telecast on ABC will bring the thrill and pageantry of the bowl to fans across the nation.”

“We are excited about today’s announcement that the Celebration Bowl will be telecast on ABC,” said Dennis Thomas, commissioner, MEAC. “We are eagerly looking forward to participating in this wonderful opportunity to showcase our student-athletes, coaches, institutions and our conference on this national stage. We are appreciative to ESPN for their continued partnership and commitment to this postseason experience.”

SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharpe was also pleased with the announcement saying the national television broadcast “will provide the nation with a front-row seat into the passion, pride and heritage of the SWAC and HBCU football.”



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