The CELEBRATION BOWL is a post-season college football bowl game that
began play in the 2015 season . The game is contested between the
champions of the
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the
Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) — the two prominent
conferences of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in
NCAA Division I . It serves as a 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
ESPN Events , which also runs the
MEAC/SWAC Challenge , the annual
interconference game between the two conferences, held over Labor Day
Orlando, Florida . 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.
* 1 Game results
* 2 MVPs
* 3 Broadcasting
* 3.1 Television
* 3.2 Radio
* 4 See also
* 5 References
* 6 External links
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* ^ "MVP Awards". thecelebrationbowl.com. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
* ^ "College Football Playoff Featuring Alabama, Clemson, Ohio
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Media Zone. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
* ^ "College Football Playoff Highlights 2015-16 Bowl Schedule".
ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved December 8, 2015.