Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced an agreement with the Charlotte Sports Foundation to keep its football championship game in the city through 2019.
The ACC has held the last four title games at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium and averaged 69,632 fans over those contests. The first two matchups were both sold out, with the 2011 clash between Clemson and Virginia Tech drawing a game-record crowd of 73,675.
"We are pleased to announce that Charlotte will continue to be the home of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship through the 2019 season," ACC commissioner John Swofford said. "The Charlotte Sports Foundation, Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers and entire City of Charlotte have been outstanding partners and continue to facilitate the growth and success of the game and our many ancillary events. This annual weekend is a true celebration of ACC Football."
Since instituting a football championship game in 2005, the ACC held the first three editions at Jacksonville's EverBank Field and the 2008 and 2009 tilts at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. The two Tampa games had attendances of just 27,360 and 44,897, respectively.