SIAC Moves Football Championship to Cramton Bowl
24 Jul, 2014
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to Host its Football Championship in Montgomery, AL
The SIAC formally made the announcement during its football media day and is slated to hold the championship game at the Cramton Bowl for the next three seasons starting in 2014.
“The SIAC football championship game has grown significantly over the years and Montgomery is great fit for our postseason atmosphere. The Cramton Bowl is a spectacular venue as it has held some legendary games in college football,” said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore. “We want to thank the City of Montgomery, Mayor Todd Strange, The Central Alabama Sports Commission and The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau for embracing and assisting our transition to such a historic venue.”
The decision to move the championship was unanimously approved by the SIAC President's Council. It relocates after spending its first three years in Atlanta.
SIAC President's Council Chair Dr. George T. French added, "It is both exciting and appropriate that the SIAC championship game is relocating to a venue in Alabama which holds such rich history and tradition, very much like the HBCU's represented by the teams that will be playing there."
Cramton Bowl is a 25,000-seat stadium located in Montgomery, Alabama. It opened in 1922 has been home to Major League Baseball spring training, the Turkey Day Classic, 20 games for the University of Alabama, and several high school football games. In June 2014, a new synthetic turf field was installed. Starting in December 2014, the Cramton Bowl will be the location for the Camellia Bowl featuring teams from the Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference.
“We are proud to welcome the SIAC Football Championship Game to the city named by USA as the Best Historic City in the U.S., Montgomery, Alabama,” said Mayor Todd Strange. “The Central Alabama Sports Commission and The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau are working hard to ensure that the next three championship games at the world class Cramton Bowl and Multiplex are the best and most memorable SIAC history.”
SIAC member teams include Alabama’s Miles College, Stillman College and Tuskegee University, as well as Albany State (GA), Benedict College (SC), Clark Atlanta (GA), Fort Valley State (GA), Kentucky State (KY), Lane College (TN), Morehouse College (GA) and Paine College (GA). This event is will bring an estimated 15,000 fans to Montgomery and have a $1,229,00 economic impact on the area each year of the three year contract.
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ABOUT THE SIAC: The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) is a collegiate athletic conference consisting of historically black colleges and universities located in the southern United States with 15 member institutions (Central State is an affiliate member for football). Formed in 1913, the SIAC is located in Atlanta, Ga. and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The SIAC competes in Division II sponsoring 13 intercollegiate sports.
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