Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Announces Trophy Tour

 

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10-Stop-Tour Offers Chance to Win VIP Experience at the Game

ATLANTA – The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl inaugural Trophy Tour, presented by Coca-Cola, will take the official trophy to a total of eight marquee college football games and events throughout the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) divisions, as well as two Air Force Reserve Bases.

At each stop, fans can take pictures with the trophy and post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the official hashtag #AFRCBtrophytour for the chance to win a VIP Experience at the 2016 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. Additionally, fans can vote online for their school to be a stop on the 2017 route of the Celebration Bowl Trophy Tour. Voting is now open at http://www.thecelebrationbowl.com/vote-for-your-trophy-tour-stop/

“Hosting a trophy tour across a number of high-profile college football games allows fans to engage with and experience a piece of the Celebration Bowl like never before,” said John Grant, executive director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. “We are excited to see fans support the bowl game and vote online for the trophy to visit their school next year.”

The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Trophy Tour, presented by Coca-Cola, will stop at the following events before arriving at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the second annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

  • September 4, 2016, MEAC/SWAC Challenge, Daytona Beach, FL
  • October 15, 2016, Southern University vs. Jackson State, Jackson, MS
  • October 22, 2016, Howard University Homecoming, Washington, D.C.
  • October 29, 2016, North Carolina A&T State University Homecoming, Greensboro, NC
  • October 29, 2016, The Magic City Classic, Birmingham, AL
  • November 19, 2016, Florida Blue Florida Classic, Orlando, FL
  • December 3, 2016, SWAC Championship, Houston, TX
  • Date TBD, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, GA
  • Date TBD, Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, GA
  • December 17, 2016, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Atlanta, GA

Establishing itself as the first bowl game of the season, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) postseason football game owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. It is a championship-style game between the MEAC and SWAC division champions and will be televised on ABC at noon on Saturday, Dec. 17. ESPN works with 100 Black Men of Atlanta to organize the game’s ancillary events which include a youth symposium, robotics showcase, college fair, fan experience and more.

Fans can purchase tickets to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl at ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at the Georgia Dome box office by mid-September. Prices range from $15 to $60, plus applicable taxes and fees. A full list of events surrounding the game will be made available on the event’s website by mid-September.

For more information, visit www.TheCelebrationBowl.com, and follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.

About 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; 13 college bowl games, 10 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. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

Air Force Reserve Renews Its Title Sponsorship of the Celebration Bowl

 

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ATLANTA – The Celebration Bowl announced today that the Air Force Reserve has renewed its title sponsorship of the game for another year. Operated by ESPN Events, the second annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a championship-style game between the division champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).  The game will once again be televised on ABC at noon on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

“We are thrilled to have the Air Force Reserve join us again as the title sponsor of the Celebration Bowl,” said John Grant, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl executive director. “Last year’s game was tremendously successful in kicking off the college bowl season. Aligning with such a storied representative of the United States Armed Forces makes it all the more exciting!”

The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl features tradition, legacy and values of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and has established itself as the very first bowl game of the season.  Last year’s inaugural game crowned the North Carolina A&T Aggies as the first-ever winners of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.

“After a great experience at the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl last year, we are very excited to return as the title sponsor of such a wonderful game,” said Col. Christopher Nick, the Air Force Reserve’s Recruiting Service commander. “We feel very fortunate to be a part of this game and the outstanding level of athletic and academic excellence.  Highlighting the top two teams from the HBCUs also aligns with our commitment to diversity.”

Fans can purchase tickets to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl at ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at the Georgia Dome box office. Prices range from $15 to $60, plus applicable taxes and fees. A full list of events surrounding the game will be made available on the event’s website by mid-October.

The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. For more information, visit www.TheCelebrationBowl.com, and follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.

Air Force Reserve

The Air Force Reserve is a proud Joint Force Partner in America’s defense. A variety of part-time jobs are available with full-time benefits, including low-cost health insurance, a non-contributory retirement plan, tuition assistance and other educational programs. There are many exciting part-time jobs in the Air Force Reserve, which can lead to a supplementary financial retirement.  This flexibility allows Citizen Airmen to advance their civilian careers or education while serving close to home. Signing bonuses up to $20,000 are available for specific jobs. Visit www.AFReserve.com for more information on how you can Start Your Adventure with the Air Force Reserve.

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, 13 college bowl games, 10 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. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as provides unique experiences for teams and fans.