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ACC Championship Football Game Likely To Remain In Charlotte After Another Sellout

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).
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