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ACC News: Football Conferece Championship Game to Stay in Charlotte

Andy Lyons

Jeremy Fowler at CBS Sports is reporting that ACC officials have given the green light to commissioner John Swofford to pursue an extension with Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game in Bank of America Stadium. The article also mentions that if/when the ACC launches it's conference network, Charlotte will be the network's likely home. Here is a snippet with the relevant information.

"Other cities were not discussed "in any seriousness," Bobinski said. After playing in Jacksonville, Tampa and Charlotte since 2005, the ACC seems open to a permanent home.

"That wasn't a spoken item (at the meeting) but probably understood that one location does give it a chance to establish roots," [Georgia Tech athletic director Mike] Bobinski said. "The city does a great job hosting and it's a great setup."

Charlotte has been an ACC favorite for a while. Swofford said at ACC Media Days in July that extending the contract with Charlotte made the most sense."

The conference was rumored to be considering on campus sites like the Pac 12 over the summer but that no longer appears to be the case. Honestly, I think keeping the game in Charlotte is probably the best move possible for the conference. Charlotte has supported the game much better than previous sites (Jacksonville and Tampa) and the first two games held there were sellouts and looked great on TV (2010 game between FSU and VT; 2011 game between VT and Clemson). The 2012 game didn't do nearly as well, but that was due in large part to UNC and Miami being ineligible to play in the game due to sanctions. Instead, 6-6 Georgia Tech was selected to played against FSU.

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