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SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Bank of America Stadium

College Football and Memory 


I honestly struggled to write the intro of this week’s newsletter. My original thought was to recap the past weekend of college football and detail how it affected the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game and the Belk Bowl. But, I have all season to type about them and to be honest it is way too early to know anything about the college football season.

As I think about the past weekend and how I watched game-after-game, I am reminded of why I care about football so much. In this part of the country football can help decide who we are and shape us as individuals. We wrap emotions, experiences, and memories into cheering for our favorite teams or going to games with our loved ones.

For example, while I watched my favorite team play on Saturday I had the pleasant memory of the first time my grandparents took me to a game and the tiny knock-off replica uniform I wore. I really don’t remember anything about the game other than walking onto the field with my grandparents after the final whistle.

This emotional attachment to football is something that I experience every year when I have the opportunity to work at the Belk Bowl. I grew up in the area, and I have been attending the bowl game for years, so it should come to no surprise that another cherished memory that I associate to football is attending the 2008 UNC vs WVU game with my dad. Looking back on it I remember how amazing the game was, but more importantly I reflect on how it was a perfect day spent with him.

To me that is one of the reasons hosting college football games in Charlotte is important. This is the 15th year of the bowl game in Bank of America Stadium, and if you stack up all the memories like mine you can see how all of these games have impacted generations of fans who attend them.

This past weekend was the start of the college football season and we have a long way to the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship and Belk Bowl. But, it is nice to reflect on what these games mean to the people who attend them. How memories can be shaped and relationships can be supported by the simple act of attending a football game.

Miller Yoho
Director of Communications
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Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game 4 Pack Now Available!

Tickets to the 2016 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship on 12/3 in Charlotte, NC are on sale now! Purchase a Four Pack and receive 4 free ACC hats. Visit Ticketmaster.com or call 336-701-1420 to reserve your Four Pack today!
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Meet the 2016 Charlotte Sports Foundation Interns

The Charlotte Sports Foundation recently welcomed Morgan Jones, Eric Beckner, and Taylor Banner to the team. They will be working as interns for the 2016 season and will be instrumental to helping CSF put on the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game and the Belk Bowl.
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