FAQs

What is the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl?

The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a postseason bowl game pitting the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champion. The inaugural game took place Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, and was televised on ABC. The North Carolina A&T Aggies defeated the Alcorn State Braves 41-34. In 2016, the Grambling State Tigers defeated the North Carolina Central Eagles 10-9. The game was seen by a bowl record 2.7 million viewers on ABC as well as military members from over 140 countries on the Armed Forces Network.

How long has the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl been in existence?

The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl launched in 2015.

Who plays in the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl?

The 2016 matchup featured FCS #18 and MEAC Champion North Carolina Central vs. #14 and SWAC Champion Grambling State.

What are the official host hotels?

The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl has partnered with the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau to provide discounted hotel accommodations near the Georgia Dome. Detailed information is available on the Official Event Hotels page 

 Why is Atlanta’s Georgia Dome a good venue for the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl?

The City of Atlanta is a wonderful travel destination. It is geographically located within the footprint of both conferences, allowing for a wide pool of HBCU fans to attend the Celebration Bowl. The Georgia Dome, which seats more than 71,000, is home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. It is a venue with a considerable history of hosting major events, such as the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff college football game, the Atlanta Football Classic and the SEC football championship and numerous NCAA Men’s Final Fours, as well as national touring musicians and speaking engagements.

Starting in 2017 the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Learn more about the stadium here.

How can fans get tickets to the game?

Tickets for the 2017 game will be on sale by summer. Sign up here to receive notifications on when tickets will become available.

How can media cover the game?

Credential applications will open in the fall.

Will fans be able to purchase ticket to the ancillary events around the game?

Not all events around the game are open to the public. A full schedule of events can be found here. Sign up here to receive updates on all Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl announcements and events.

What is 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; FCS opening-weekend game; 13 college bowl games, 11 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. For more information, visit the official ESPN Events website.