The 2022 Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kick-Off game will again open the college football season in “Week 0,” on Saturday, August 27, and will be televised live on ESPN at 7:00 p.m., allowing for a significant showcase for both HBCU programs and conferences. This year’s matchup features the Alabama State University Hornets verses Howard University Bison. For tickets, game, and ancillary event information visit www.meacswacchallenge.com.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, also operates the season-ending Cricket Celebration Bowl that will be televised live on ABC for the seventh consecutive time, kicking off at noon ET, on Saturday, Dec. 17, from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Cricket Celebration Bowl, which showcases the heritage, legacy, pageantry and tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), features the conference champions from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The MEAC leads the series 5-1. This year’s game will be the second for Cricket Wireless as title sponsor.
The Celebration Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events.
Tickets for the game, a full ancillary event schedule and discounted rates at downtown Atlanta hotels will be available this summer. To stay up to date on Celebration Bowl announcements, sign up for updates on www.thecelebrationbowl.com and follow the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2022, the 32-event schedule includes three early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, and a college softball event, which account for approximately 400 hours of live programming, while reaching nearly 64 million viewers and attracting over 800,000 annual attendees. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.