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The Celebration Bowl
Celebration Bowl
is a post-season college football bowl game that began play in the 2015 season. The game, organized by ESPN Events, is contested between the champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference
Southwestern Athletic Conference
(SWAC) — the two prominent conferences of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in NCAA Division I. It serves as the de facto national championship of Black college football and is the only active bowl game to feature teams from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Starting with the December 2017 game, it is played at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium; the first two games were played at the Georgia Dome. The game is a successor to two previous bowl games between the MEAC and SWAC, the Pelican Bowl and Heritage Bowl. The game is organized by ESPN Events,[1] which also runs the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, the annual interconference game between the two conferences, held over Labor Day weekend in Orlando, Florida.[2][3][4] Because the Celebration Bowl takes place during the FCS playoff tournament, neither the SWAC nor the MEAC can send their champion to the tournament; as it is, the SWAC's regular season already extended too late into the year for its teams to qualify before the bowl was established. In June 2017, the SWAC announced that it will forgo its football championship game following the 2017 SWAC Football Championship, resulting in the SWAC regular season champion qualifying automatically for the Celebration Bowl.[5]

Contents

1 Game results 2 MVPs 3 Broadcasting

3.1 Television 3.2 Radio

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Game results[edit]

Date MEAC Team SWAC Team Attendance Series Notes

December 19, 2015 North Carolina A&T Aggies 41 Alcorn State Braves 34 35,528 MEAC 1–0 notes

December 17, 2016 North Carolina Central Eagles 9 Grambling State Tigers 10 31,096 TIED 1–1 notes

December 16, 2017 North Carolina A&T Aggies 21 Grambling State Tigers 14 25,873 MEAC 2–1 notes

MVPs[edit] Two MVPs are selected for each game; one an offensive player, the other a defensive player.[6]

Game MVPs Team Position

2017 Marquell Cartwright North Carolina A&T RB

Franklin "Mac" McCain III North Carolina A&T CB

2016 Martez Carter Grambling State RB

Jameel Jackson Grambling State DB

2015 Tarik Cohen North Carolina A&T RB

Denzel Jones North Carolina A&T LB

Broadcasting[edit] Television[edit]

Date Network Play-by-play
Play-by-play
announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters

2017 ABC Mark Neely Jay Walker Tiffany Greene

2016 ABC[7] Mark Neely Jay Walker Tiffany Greene

2015 ABC[8] Mark Neely Jay Walker Tiffany Greene

Radio[edit]

Date Network Play-by-play
Play-by-play
announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters

2017 RedVoice, LLC Sam Crenshaw Randy McMichael Lericia Harris

2016 RedVoice, LLC Sam Crenshaw Hugh Douglas Lericia Harris

2015 RedVoice, LLC Sam Crenshaw Hugh Douglas

See also[edit]

List of college bowl games African Americans in Atlanta

References[edit]

^ Hudson, Phill W. (18 March 2015). " Atlanta
Atlanta
to Host New Celebration Bowl". Atlanta
Atlanta
Business Chronicle. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 20 March 2015.  ^ Patterson, Chip. "MEAC, SWAC to play in Atlanta-based Celebration Bowl after 2015 season". www.cbssports.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 20 March 2015.  ^ Reese, Earnest (December 21, 1996). " Heritage Bowl struggling for acceptance". The Atlanta
Atlanta
Journal and Constitution. p. 9H.  ^ "Champions of MEAC, SWAC to meet in new Celebration Bowl". www.usatoday.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 20 March 2015.  ^ "SWAC To Forgo Football Title Game After 2017". SWAC.org. NeuLion. Retrieved 13 June 2017.  ^ "MVP Awards". thecelebrationbowl.com. Retrieved June 17, 2017.  ^ "College Football Playoff Featuring Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington Highlights ESPN's 38-Game Bowl Schedule". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved December 6, 2016.  ^ "College Football Playoff Highlights 2015-16 Bowl Schedule". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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Celebration Bowl

History Georgia Dome Mercedes-Benz Stadium Broadcasters

Tie-Ins Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference

Games

2015 2016 2017

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Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
football

Teams

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Delaware State Hornets Florida A&M Rattlers Hampton Pirates Howard Bison Morgan State Bears Norfolk State Spartans North Carolina A&T Aggies North Carolina Central Eagles South Carolina State Bulldogs Savannah State Tigers

Championships & awards

All-time standings

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Southwestern Athletic Conference
Southwestern Athletic Conference
football

East Division

Alabama A&M Bulldogs Alabama State Hornets Alcorn State Braves Jackson State Tigers Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils

West Division

Arkansas–Pine Bluff Golden Lions Grambling State Tigers Prairie View A&M Panthers Southern Jaguars Texas Southern Tigers

Championships & awards

SWAC Championship Game All-time standings

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Atlanta
Atlanta
events

Current

Anime Weekend Atlanta Atlanta
Atlanta
Black Pride Atlanta
Atlanta
Celebrates Photography Atlanta
Atlanta
Dogwood Festival Atlanta
Atlanta
Film Festival Atlanta
Atlanta
International Documentary Film Festival Atlanta
Atlanta
Jewish Film Festival Atlanta
Atlanta
Marathon Atlanta
Atlanta
Pride Atlanta
Atlanta
Streets Alive Atlanta
Atlanta
Turkish Festival Boxerstock Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Children's Christmas Parade Dragon Con Festival of Trees Festival Peachtree Latino First Night Georgia Renaissance Festival Greek festival JordanCon Macy's Great Tree MomoCon Music Midtown Mythic Journeys National Black Arts Festival Passion play Peach Drop Peachtree Road Race Screen on the Green Southeastern Flower Show SweetWater 420 Fest TimeGate TomorrowWorld Virginia–Highland Summerfest Virginia–Highland Tour of Homes

Former

1996 Summer Olympics 2013 Final Four Tournament Atlanta
Atlanta
Fantasy Fair Freaknik Ramblin' Raft Race Salute 2 America Para

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