ACC Changes Site of Football Championships

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

December 12, 2007

After three consecutive years of declining crowds at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the ACC is moving the site of its football championship game. Tampa's Raymond James Stadium will host the event in 2008 and 2009, with the contest moving the Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium in 2010 and 2011.

The inaugural ACC Championship game between Virginia Tech and Florida State drew 72,749 fans to the venue, but attendance dropped by nearly ten thousand fans in each of the next two seasons. The December 1 match up between the Hokies and Boston College only drew 53,212 for the game, with the Eagles only selling 3,500 tickets. Tampa officials have already said that they plan on studying the SEC's strategy in Atlanta, a championship game that sells out every season.

No plan has officially been put into place in terms of championship sites beyond 2011, partially because it could depend on the success of Tampa and Charlotte. There are expressed concerns about Tampa's location and Charlotte's climate, but the next four years are temporarily being looked at as a trial period by ACC officials.

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