The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl inaugural Trophy Tour, presented by Coca-Cola, will take the official trophy to a total of eight marquee college football games and events throughout the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) divisions, as well as two Air Force Reserve Bases.
“Hosting a trophy tour across a number of high-profile college football games allows fans to engage with and experience a piece of the Celebration Bowl like never before,” said John Grant, executive director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. “We are excited to see fans support the bowl game and vote online for the trophy to visit their school next year.”
The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Trophy Tour, presented by Coca-Cola, will stop at the following events before arriving at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the second annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.
- September 4, 2016 – MEAC/SWAC Challenge – Alcorn State vs. Bethune-Cookman, Daytona Beach, FL
- October 8, 2016 – Bethune-Cookman vs. South Carolina State, Orangeburg, SC
- October 15, 2016 – Southern vs. Jackson State, Jackson, Mississippi
- October 22, 2016 – Howard University Homecoming – North Carolina A&T vs. Howard, Washington, D.C.
- October 29, 2016 – Magic City Classic – Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M, Birmingham, AL
- November 19, 2016 – Florida Blue Florida Classic – Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman, Orlando, FL
- December 3, 2016 – SWAC Championship, Houston, TX
- December 8, 2016 – Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, GA
- December 9, 2016 – Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, GA
- December 17, 2016 – Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Atlanta, GA
Establishing itself as the first bowl game of the season, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) postseason football game 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 at noon on Saturday, Dec. 17. ESPN works with 100 Black Men of Atlanta to organize the game’s ancillary events which include a youth symposium, robotics showcase, college fair, fan experience and more.
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.
Source: ESPN Events