“We are extremely excited about the future of the ACC Football Championship game this site,” said Swofford. “Tampa Bay is a tremendous destination in terms of their football venue, community support and partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference. They have outstanding leadership as well as a surrounding community that has embraced the opportunity to continue the growth of our championship game."
The ACC’s Football Championship Games on December 6, 2008 and December 5, 2009 will be held at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, the Outback Bowl, as well as Super Bowls XXXV (2001) and XLIII (2009).
“We are excited about the opportunity to not only host, but to also grow this game to a level that’s befitting of the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said Jeff Adams, Chairman of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “Based on the overwhelming support we have received from the Tampa Bay community, we are confident that we will meet and exceed the ACC’s expectations.”
The 2008 ACC Championship Game was a college football game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Boston College Eagles. The game, sponsored by Dr Pepper, was the final regular-season contest of the 2008 college football season for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia Tech defeated Boston College, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship, 30–12.