Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Announces Trophy Tour




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

“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, 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, 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.

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