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ACC title game will stay in Charlotte through '19

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The next six Atlantic Coast Conference football championship games will be played in Charlotte, N.C., league John Swofford announced Monday.

The ACC will keep the game at Bank of America Stadium, site of the conference's past four title games.

"We are pleased to announce that Charlotte will continue to be the home of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship through the 2019 season," Swofford said in a press release "The Charlotte Sports Foundation, Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers and entire City of Charlotte have been outstanding partners and continue to facilitate the growth and success of the game and our many ancillary events. This annual weekend is a true celebration of ACC Football."

The past four ACC championship games in Charlotte drew an average of 69,632 fans, including a crowd of 73,675 in 2011, the record for an ACC title game.

"The Charlotte Sports Foundation, on behalf of the city of Charlotte, is very proud to be able to announce a multi-year extension of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship in Charlotte," Johnny Harris, chairman of the Charlotte Sports Foundation, said in a statement.

The upcoming ACC title games will be played December 6, 2014; December 5, 2015; December 3, 2016; December 2, 2017; December 1, 2018; December 7, 2019.

The first two ACC championship games, in 2005 and 2006, were played in Jacksonville, Fla. The event then moved to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., for two years before relocating to Charlotte.

Florida State routed Duke 45-7 in last year's ACC championship game en route to winning the national championship.
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