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It appears "virtually certain" the ACC championship football game "will remain in Charlotte at least for the near future, given the Dec. 3 game is already a sellout with only Clemson assured of a spot" in the game, according to Ron Green Jr. of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. This is the second game in a two-year contract, and ACC Commissioner John Swofford said that a new deal for future games “is likely before the end of the year.” NFL Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson said of the game continuing to be held at Bank of America Stadium, "I think our performance will warrant it continuing to be here." The ACC Championship has previously been played in Jacksonville and Tampa. Green notes it is “possible the ACC might not even accept request for proposals (RFPs) for the next contract, given the two-year success in Charlotte.” Swofford said, "We haven't opened it up for RFPs at this point in time. We just haven't gone there yet." Swofford said that the league “has considered having the championship game at an on-campus site as the Pac-12 and other conferences do, though it's more likely it will stay in Charlotte.” Swofford: "Certainly the success for the second year in a row of the game here in Charlotte is very, very encouraging" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/18).
The MLS Earthquakes are "working day in, day out" to make their stadium project in San Jose happen, with its success "crucial to the future" of the organization, according to Nicholas Rosano of CSNBAYAREA.com. Earthquakes President David Kaval said, "I think what I’m seeing is very close to a tipping point with soccer, it's moving really into the mainstream, I think the media's going to pick up on this -- I think our stadium is going to be this inflection point which will take us to the next level." The Earthquakes are "one of the only organizations in the league without a soccer-specific stadium to call home." A notable design feature of the Earthquakes' proposed new stadium -- which has an "estimated cost of $60 million, funded by the team ownership -- was the decision to leave one end of the stadium open, much like Buck Shaw Stadium," the Earthquakes' current home. While it could "potentially diminish the noise level in the stadium," Kaval explained that the decision "was part of the team’s long-term vision for the facility." The environmental impact report on the stadium "allowed it to be built to house up to 18,000 fans." Kaval "believes that the new stadium could help attract the U.S. national team back to the Bay Area, where despite significant interest in international soccer, both the men’s and women’s national teams are going on five years without an appearance" (CSNBAYAREA.com, 11/16).