The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl will once again kick off the 2017 Bowl Season! This year’s game will be broadcast Saturday, December 16th, 2017 on ABC. Kickoff will be at 12pm Eastern time at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Celebration Bowl pits the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion against the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in what is unofficially referred to as the “HBCU National Championship Game.”
“We are thrilled to once again kickoff the college football bowl season with the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on ABC,” said John Grant, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Executive Director. “This year’s game will be the first bowl game to be played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In our third year of featuring the champions from the MEAC and SWAC conferences, football fans have been exposed to two very competitive games that each went down to the wire. With the conference win records tied at one each this year’s game will showcase to millions of fans and viewers another exciting championship game. Atlanta will play host to both the Celebration Bowl to open the season as well as the College Football Playoff Championship as the season finale.”
Last year, the Grambling State Tigers defeated the North Carolina Central Eagles 10-9. In the win, Grambling snapped NCCU’s 9 game winning streak, the Tigers finished the season winning 11 straight games and won its 14th Black College National Championship.
“We are pleased to know that the 2017 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl will be on ABC again,” said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas. “The exposure on an international and national level is not only good for our conferences but is also good for the participating institutions. To start the 2017 bowl season is an excellent opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches and institutions as they’re on a national platform that will enhance their brand and marketability. ESPN should be commended for providing this avenue of exposure for the MEAC and SWAC Champions.”
Tickets, hotels and other game related events will be announced later in the year. Fans can visit CelebrationBowl.com for more information as news breaks.
“The Southwestern Athletic Conference is excited to continue its relationship with the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, ABC and the city of Atlanta,” SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp said. “The best football fans in country will once again have the outstanding opportunity to watch the MEAC and SWAC champions kick off bowl season, playing in front of a nationally televised audience. The excitement of the game, the halftime battle of the bands and the opportunity to play in the new home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, makes for a fantastic bowl experience for our student-athletes and football fans everywhere.”