TAMPA, Fla. - Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Commissioner John Swofford announced today that the ACC has awarded its 2008 and 2009 Football Championship Games to Tampa Bay. The decision was reached unanimously Wednesday morning on a conference call of the league’s athletics directors and faculty athletics representatives, which culminated a seven-month bid and selection process.
“We are excited about the opportunity to not only host, but to also grow this game to a level that’s befitting of the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said Jeff Adams, chairman of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “Based on the overwhelming support we have received from the Tampa Bay community, we are confident that we will meet and exceed the ACC’s expectations.”
The ACC’s Football Championship Games on December 6, 2008 and December 5, 2009 will be held at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the annual Outback Bowl, as well as Super Bowls XXXV (2001) and XLIII (2009).
“As a former ACC student-athlete and as someone blessed to take the field in Tampa Bay on several Sundays each year, I can tell you that no community can provide the ACC’s student-athletes with a better and more first class experience than ours, period,” said Ronde Barber, special advisor to the ACC-Tampa Bay Football Partnership. “While the ACC Football Championship did not exist during my collegiate days, if I had gotten a chance to run through the tunnel of a sold out Raymond James Stadium to play for the ACC Championship, that would be a memory that would last a lifetime.”
ACC football fans can now log on to www.ACCTampaBay.com to get the latest information on the 2008 and 2009 ACC Football Championship Games, and order tickets for the upcoming Championship Games while taking advantage of the priority presale ticket program.
“We’re pleased to be able to announce the launch of ACCTampaBay.com which features our priority presale ticket program,” said Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “The priority presale affords our outstanding community an exclusive opportunity to secure great seats to an unparallel football championship experience. We can’t think of a better holiday gift for your favorite sports fan.”