Official release: ACC Championship set for Orlando


GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2016 Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship will be held at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.

The 12th annual title game between the ACC’s Atlantic and Coastal Division Champions remains scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 and will kick off in primetime at 7:45 p.m. (if carried by ESPN) or 8 p.m. (if carried by ABC).

On October 5, patrons who previously purchased tickets to this year’s game in Charlotte and all Florida Citrus Sports members will have a three-day pre-sale opportunity. Tickets will be available to the general public via Ticketmaster on October 10 at 10 a.m. As in the past, the Atlantic Champion and Coastal Champion will each have an allotment that will be sold by the respective institution once they have clinched their division championship. 

This will mark the sixth time the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game has been played in the state of Florida. Jacksonville hosted the first three years (2005-07) and Tampa welcomed the event in 2008 and 2009.

Camping World Stadium, which underwent a $208 million renovation that was completed in April 2015, boasts the following new features and enhanced amenities:

 ·         Nearly 40,000 lower bowl seats with six additional inches of legroom and individual chair backs

·         Two wide 360-degree main concourses

·         Unique club spaces with both enclosed & open-air seating for 5,000 patrons

·         20,000-square-foot plaza deck

·         Vibrant open-air façade

·         Press box and suites on the west side

·         Two bunker suites in the north end zone

·         Multiple video displays

·         Enhanced team facilities including locker rooms, training rooms and attached media interview room

·         Additional restrooms, concessions and vertical transportation

·         Upgraded disabled seating with improved sightlines

The ACC is well acquainted with Camping World Stadium, which serves as the host venue for both the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and the Russell Athletic Bowl. The stadium has also hosted a number of regular-season games involving ACC teams over the past few decades, including Florida State’s season-opening win over Ole Miss in this year’s Camping World Kickoff.

Each of the past three ACC football champions has gone on to either win the national championship or compete in the College Football Playoff. The ACC placed a total of 31 teams in bowl games the previous three seasons combined.

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