Trophy Tour Stopping at Howard Homecoming Oct. 22

Chance to Win VIP Experience at the Dec 17 Game

The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Trophy Tour, presented by Coca-Cola, will make its fourth of ten stops in Washington D.C. next weekend. The game features North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University versus Howard University, both of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Kickoff is at 1:00pm EST on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

At Greene 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 the Nation’s Capital,” said John Grant, executive director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.  “This will be a great game for both the teams and fans. Howard University will have a great Homecoming game against the inaugural Celebration Bowl Champions, the North Carolina A&T Aggies.”  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) divisions, as well as two Air Force Reserve Bases. 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, Dec. 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.
  • 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
  • December 8, 2016, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, GA
  • December 9, 2016, Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, 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 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 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 by late-October. 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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