The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a postseason college football game featuring the conference champions from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The inaugural game took place on Dec. 19, 2015, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in front of over 35,000 fans and a national TV audience on ABC. North Carolina A&T State University defeated Alcorn State University 41-34.
The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl’s mission is to provide the schools, alumni, fans, and sponsors with a first-class bowl experience while continuing to celebrate the heritage, legacy, pageantry and tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It is managed by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, which owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide, including 13 postseason bowl games. ESPN has partnered with the 100 Black Men of Atlanta to manage the game’s ancillary events, which includes a Youth Symposium, Robotics Showcase, College Fair, Job Fair and Fan Experience. John Grant serves as the Celebration Bowl’s Executive Director.
The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl was announced at the College Football Hall of Fame in March of 2015. The event got off to a rousing start in its inaugural year as North Carolina A&T defeated Alcorn State 41-34 in front of over 35,000 fans at the Georgia Dome. An additional 2.5 million people watched around the country on ABC.
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Series Record: MEAC leads 1-0