ATLANTA – The first invitation for the inaugural Celebration Bowl – to be played on Saturday, Dec. 19, at noon from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta – will be extended to the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) College Football Champion, North Carolina A&T State University, during halftime at the school’s men’s basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Executive Director of the Celebration Bowl, John Grant, will be on site to officially deliver the invitation to university chancellor Harold L. Martin. The tipoff for the basketball game against The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is set for 7:30 p.m.

“Congratulations to back-to-back MEAC Champion North Carolina A&T for scoring their ticket to the inaugural Celebration Bowl,” said Grant. “We are excited for the Aggies to join us in this historic match-up against the winner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.”

The opponent facing North Carolina A&T’s Aggies in the Celebration Bowl will be decided during the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 5, where Grambling State University will take on Alcorn State University.

Establishing itself as the very first bowl game of the season, the 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.

Tickets are on sale now at the Georgia Dome box office or at  Additional details are available at Follow on Twitter and Facebook.

For MEAC fans, a special rate of $99/night is being offered at the Marriott Marquis, and is available for December 17-19.  Please click here for more details.

For SWAC fans, a special rate of $89/night is being offered at the Hilton Atlanta, and is available for December 17-19.  Please click here for more details.

The Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is also offering a special rate and is available for December 13-20.  Please click here for more details.

Courtesy: ESPN Events


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