ATLANTA, GA – Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) college football champion Alcorn State University has accepted an invitation to the 4th Annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. The Alcorn State Braves defeated the Southern Jaguars 38-27 in Saturday’s SWAC Championship Game and will face off against the Aggies of North Carolina A&T at noon on Saturday, December 15th. Executive Director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, John Grant, was on-site in Lorman and presented Alcorn State University Coach Fred McNair with the invite.
“Congratulations to SWAC champion Alcorn State for punching their ticket to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. We are excited for the Braves to join us in this championship matchup against the North Carolina A&T Aggies.” – John Grant, Executive Director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
The Aggies come into the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl with a record of 9-2 after winning last year’s Celebration Bowl trophy with a 21-14 victory over Grambling State University. The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a championship-style game between the MEAC and SWAC champions that celebrates the heritage, legacy, pageantry, and tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The MEAC leads the overall Celebration Bowl series 2-1 thanks to victories by A&T in 2015 and 2017. ESPN Events is the organizer of the game which will air live at noon on ABC. 100 Black Men of Atlanta, an African-American volunteer organization, will be producing several of the game’s ancillary events including a youth symposium, robotics showcase, gospel night, fan experience and more.
The Air Force Reserve Command is a Major Command of the United States Air Force located at Robins Air Force Base (GA). It is the federal Air Reserve Component of the U.S. Air Force consisting of commissioned officers and enlisted airmen.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a retractable roof stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia. It replaced the now-demolished Georgia Dome (the Falcons’ home stadium from 1992 through 2016) and is the home venue of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). The stadium is owned by the state of Georgia through the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, and operated by AMB Group (parent organization of the Falcons and Atlanta United).
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 32 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, including 64 million viewers and over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities in its quest to provide unique experiences for teams and fans.