Trophy Tour Presented by Coca-Cola Stopping in Montgomery on Thanksgiving Day


The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Trophy Tour, presented by Coca-Cola, will make its sixth of nine stops in Montgomery, Alabama for the Turkey Day Classic on Thanksgiving Day.  The game features Alabama State University of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) versus Miles College.  Kickoff is at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, November 24, 2016.

At Hornet Stadium, 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.

“We are excited to bring the Trophy Tour to Montgomery for the Turkey Day Classic,” said John Grant, executive director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.  “This game has such a storied tradition, and we are honored to be a part of it as we know this will be a great game for both fans and players.”  For more information on the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, see

The inaugural Trophy Tour will take the official trophy to a total of eight marquee college football games and events throughout the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), as well as an Air Force Reserve Base. It 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, December 17, 2016.

  • September 4, 2016, MEAC/SWAC Challenge, Daytona Beach, FL
  • ***October 8, 2016, Bethune-Cookman at South Carolina State, Orangeburg, SC***
  • October 15, 2016, Southern University vs. Jackson State, Jackson, MS
  • October 22, 2016, Howard University Homecoming, Washington, D.C.
  • November 19, 2016, Aggie-Eagle Classic, Durham, NC
  • November 24, 2016, Turkey Day Classic, Montgomery, AL
  • December 3, 2016, SWAC Championship, Houston, TX
  • December 9, 2016, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, GA
  • December 17, 2016, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Atlanta, GA

*** Game postponed as of 10/4 due to weather.***

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 champions and will be televised on ABC at noon on Saturday, December 17. ESPN works with 100 Black Men of Atlanta to organize the game’s ancillary events which include a youth symposium, robotics showcase, college and job 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. Prices range from $15 to $60, plus applicable taxes and fees. A full list of events surrounding the game are available on the event’s website.

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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