Celebration Bowl Coming to Mercedes-Benz Stadium

19 Dec, 2019

Entering its fifth year, the Celebration Bowl celebrates the heritage, legacy, pageantry, and tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.  The game features the MEAC and SWAC champions and will be televised live at noon on Saturday, December 21th on ABC. For HBCU Football Fans, student, and alumni, The Celebration Bowl is the pinnacle of HBCU experiences! ranks The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl as the #1 HBCU event to attend!

In the game’s first four years, combined fan attendance at The Georgia Dome and Mercedes-Benz Stadium reached 124,169. The inaugural game that kicked off in 2015 resulted in North Carolina A&T defeating Alcorn State 41-34. In 2016, Grambling State beat North Carolina Central 10-9. In 2017, North Carolina A&T – the #7 ranked FCS team finished their season undefeated with both the MEAC title and their second Celebration Bowl title. In 2018, North Caroline A&T beat Alcorn State 24-22.  On Dec. 21, history will be made once again with the rivalry between the MEAC and the SWAC conferences taking place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  “Atlanta has become the home for the Celebration Bowl and college football in general,” said John T. Grant. “We are excited to host the Celebration Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium again this year, and we can’t wait to see which champion will rise!”

ESPN Events collaborates with 100 Black Men of Atlanta to organize the game’s ancillary events which include a youth symposium, robotics showcase, fan experience and more. A full list of events surrounding the game are available on the event’s websiteand links to purchase tickets are available online at or, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Prices range from $15 to $165 excluding taxes and fees. 

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About ESPN Events - ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 16 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

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