Monday, December 5, 2011
Charlotte will continue as the host city for the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship football game for at least two more years.
The 2012 and 2013 Dr Pepper ACC championship games will continue to be held at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, commissioner John Swofford announced on Friday. The venue received a unanimous vote from the athletic directors and faculty representatives in the conference.
“The Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game has seen tremendous success in Charlotte, and we’re pleased to announce that they will serve as the host city for 2012 and 2013,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
“The City of Charlotte has done a terrific job over the past two years and we continue to be appreciative of the enthusiasm and support.”
Charlotte has hosted the ACC title game in 2010 and 2011, both of which resulted in sellouts. This is a good financial boost for the local economy, as the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority reported that fans spent $9 million on food, hotels, and shopping during the 2010 championship weekend. A similar, if not higher total, is expected from this past weekend’s game, which brought an estimated 80,000 fans to the city to watch the Clemson Tigers defeat the Virginia Tech Hokies 38-10 to win their first ACC championship in 20 years.
The 2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be on Saturday, December 1st, while the 2013 contest will be played on Saturday, December 7th.