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.
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, 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.