There will be a celebration in Atlanta Dec. 16 when the third annual Celebration Bowl kicks off at noon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champions North Carolina A&T (11-0) have punched their ticket to the game after winning its first outright conference championship since 2003, and will face the eventual Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champion. The SWAC championship game between Grambling State and Alcorn State will take place Dec. 2 in Houston, Texas.
The is North Carolina A&T’s second appearance in the Celebration Bowl. The Aggies won the inaugural game 41-34 over Alcorn State in 2015. Alcorn State are probably hoping to get revenge against A&T in the Celebration Bowl if they handle business against Grambling State.
The Celebration Bowl is a postseason game featuring the conference champions from the MEAC and SWAC. According to Celebration Bowl officials, the event’s mission is to provide the schools, alumni, fans and sponsors with a first-class bowl experience while continuing to celebrate the heritage, legacy, pageantry and tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The game, which is aired on ESPN, is managed by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, which owns and operates collegiate sporting events, including 13 postseason bowl games. ESPN partners with The 100 Black Men of Atlanta to manage the game’s additional events, which include a youth symposium, robotics showcase, gospel night and fan experience.