AFR-CelebrationBowl_LogoLast year, the first-ever Celebration Bowl, which showcases the heritage, legacy, pageantry and tradition of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), aired live on ABC—and it was a huge success. The North Carolina A&T Aggies beat the Alcorn State Braves by a touchdown in a thriller at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. 35,000 fans attended the matchup that pits the conference champion from the MEAC against the SWAC.

Yesterday, SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp announced the postseason college football bowl game will kick off once again at noon ET on Saturday, Dec. 17, according to a news release. “By all objective measures, the inaugural 2015 bowl was a huge success and I am confident that the 2016 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl will be even better,” he said. “I am even more excited about the bowl experience that the institutions, student-athletes and coaches will have on a national platform.”

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Celebration Bowl Executive Director John Grant said he is pleased to announce the bowl game and said it will “expose millions of fans to the excitement of championship football,” reported ESPN.

“We would like to commend ESPN for their commitment to the MEAC and SWAC Champions for this postseason bowl game,” Sharp said.

More information on tickets for the game, and more will be available this summer.

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