JULY 21, 2016
Bank of America Stadium

The ACC football season kicks off and ends in Charlotte

The past few seasons I have toyed with the marketing slogan for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game that revolves around the season ending in Charlotte. To me this is a powerful way to display the significance of the game, and more importantly hopefully create a sense of ownership of the game by the people who live here.
I am no marketing expert, but to me it always seemed incredible that every year we have the likes of Deshaun Watson or Kelvin Benjamin playing in primetime in our city. I feel that it is not a stretch to say that Charlotte is literally the center of the college football world starting at 8pm on the first Saturday of December.
2016 is a little different. This week Charlotte is hosting the ACC Kickoff event where media, coaches, and players will all meet to discuss their team’s fates for the upcoming season. Yes, this event might be a time of optimism and exaggerated belief, but we should recognize the significance in the fact that the ACC has made Charlotte a critical part of its football season.
Yes, I admit it might be a little too soon to talk about football, but I think that this is a moment that we should be proud of as sports fans  throughout the year. It is my hope that you embrace the fact that Charlotte is hosting the beginning and end of the ACC football season, and be an active participant in these events that elevate this city's status in the sports world.

Miller Yoho
Director of Communications
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Which ACC fan base would win in a race? Find out on 12/3.

After an extremely successful 2015 the ACC Fan 5K and Kid’s Mascot Run will be returning to the streets of Charlotte the morning of the 2016 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Highlights of the event include school-specific shirts, a kid’s mascot run, unique ACC prizes (including game tickets), and a new one mile course.

Through this Sunday (7/24) we are offering a special 5K registration fee of just $20. For more information or to sign up click the link below.

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Tickets now on sale for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game

The past two years the winner of the game has gone on to compete in the College Football Playoff, and the experts are already saying the same thing should happen this year. Don't miss your chance to reserve your seat to see who will be crowned ACC Champions this year. Click below to for more information or to purchase tickets.
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The who, what, when, and where of #ACCKickoff

ACC Kickoff is an event that brings top players, coaches, media, and ACC officials to Charlotte's Uptown. During these two days the conference will preview the upcoming season and the media is given the opportunity to meet with coaches and players before summer camp. You can watch live on theACC.com or ESPN3.
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