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ACC title game stays in Charlotte for 6 more years

Charlotte will be the ACC football championship game's home for the remainder of the decade.

The city's Bank of America Stadium, which has held the ACC title game since 2010, signed a six-year extension to host the game through 2019, the league announced Monday.

"There's no question Charlotte has supported this game stronger than any other place that we've been," ACC commissioner John Swofford said. "It's just a terrific pace, a terrific venue, a terrific city."

By the end of the six-year deal, Charlotte will have hosted the game for 10 straight years. Past deals have been for one or two years, but Swofford said this agreement is the same length - six years - as the conference's current bowl tie-ins.

"We have a facility of this caliber that is being modernized," Swofford said. "You can stay and eat, party and walk to the game, and then go back and do it all over again. Couple that with the support we have received and it became a pretty easy decision."

Swofford said there was brief talk about whether one of the title game participants should host the game, but that coaches and schools preferred a neutral site.

The ACC played the title game in Jacksonville, Fla., from 2005-07 and Tampa, Fla., in 2008 and '09.

The inaugural game at Jacksonville's Alltel Stadium in 2005 between Virginia Tech and Florida State drew 72,749, but by 2008, when Virginia Tech and Boston College played in Tampa, the announced attendance was 53,927 but only 27,360 were in the stadium.

Charlotte, meanwhile, has had four of the five largest attendances in the game's history, averaging close to 70,000 per game.

Since moving to Charlotte, the ACC ranks second among all conferences in total attendance for its football championship games.

Charlotte and league officials want to maintain that. Charlotte Sports Foundation executive director Will Webb said the organization will reach out to the businesses to strengthen support for the game.

It is also considering selling seat licenses, which would allow fans to purchase tickets in the same seat for the ACC title game, the Belk Bowl and other neutral-site ACC games played there.

"Our board and our staff are committed to getting into the community and delivering the message that we can't rest on our laurels and say, 'A-ha, we've got it,' " Webb said. "Now that we've got it, we have to go out and earn it for the next extension."

Swofford said the league will embark on more aggressive sales opportunities.

"We've really laid a foundation, and a really good foundation, here in Charlotte the first four years," Swofford said. "Hopefully what the ACC football championship game will become in this area and throughout the state is something that (fans) do on an annual basis."

Posted to: College Football Sports North Carolina

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