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Could Washington Host the ACC Title Game?

Tampa will host the ACC football championship game this season for the second consecutive year before the game moves to Charlotte in 2010 and 2011. Conference leaders will then assess the future site of the game after three in Jacksonville, two in Tampa and two in Charlotte. A determination will be made whether to find a permanent location or continue a rotation -- one that could possibly include Washington.

"We'll have three different sites to evaluate," said Michael Kelly, the ACC's associate commissioner for football. "After we get through year one in Charlotte, if there are bids to put out, we'll put it out to Charlotte and other interested cities at that time."

Kelly said it would be premature to speculate what cities would place bids, although he acknowledged that Washington has expressed interest in the past.

Charlotte provides the conference with a central location, whereas the Florida sites give the ACC warm weather and a popular travel destination. The game will be played on Dec. 5 this season, a date with an average high temperature of 50 degrees in Washington, according to the Weather Channel. Kelly said Washington's weather will not preclude it from hosting the championship game.

"Not necessarily," Kelly said. "That's been a concern with how it's evaluated, but nothing out of not being able to. It was just a factor early on. The ability of being in warm weather has been a carrying factor for those who voted at that time, but that could always change. We have models with indoor facilities that do well, but we have indoor models in the Big 12 and outdoor models, too. We play a bowl game in Washington, D.C., so we're not afraid of it. It just matters what we think is best at the time."

By Zach Berman  |  July 30, 2009; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Comments

There's about a 0% chance of this happening.

Posted by: wawaweewa | July 30, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Since Va Tech has been in most of the ACC title games, a DC date would ensure a sellout judging by the turnout for the Tech/USC game a few years back. Watch us do it again if Boise State comes to town next year.

Put Va Tech at FedEx field and you won't have to worry about the bad impression of empty seats like years past.

Posted by: purplebari1 | July 30, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Put Va Tech at FedEx field and you won't have to worry about the bad impression of empty seats like years past.

Posted by: purplebari1 | July 30, 2009 12:58 PM

I agree, and as a Tech fan I'd be thrilled, but one could also say that if FSU was in the game, Jacksonville or Tampa would sell out. The 2005 game in Jacksonville included FSU and was well attended, even with FSU in a "down" year (ugh - I can't believe I just thought about that horrible game!)

I think the ACC needs to carefully craft a plan including promotion and location to develop a champ game that attracts interest no matter the teams involved.

If the game is at Fedex for two years in 2012-2013, but the games are, for example, UNC vs. BC, or GT vs. Wake, how many would show up?

Who knows, maybe the ACC just needs a lucky break - like VT vs. Maryland at Fedex, or UNC vs. Clemson in Charlotte - to set an example of a sold out, "exciting" event and then future games could build off of that.

Posted by: CDRHoek | July 30, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Maryland and Tech travel well so really there is no reason for the ACC to move the game to DC. If either of the above teams are in the Championship their teams will travel, whether it be to Charlotte, Jax, etc. The problem is the other schools who don't travel too well.

Posted by: fushezzi | July 30, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm........I'm FROM this area, and I wouldn't even want this. If Maryland ever went to the title game, I'd like to use the occasion as a kind of vacation in a WARM city, not freezing my ass off in lame FedEx field.

Posted by: grimesman | July 30, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"Hmmmmm........I'm FROM this area, and I wouldn't even want this. If Maryland ever went to the title game, I'd like to use the occasion as a kind of vacation in a WARM city, not freezing my ass off in lame FedEx field."

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Fortunately, I don't think you'll have to worry about MD making it to the ACC Championship game any time soon.

Posted by: jroag1 | July 30, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope if they are serious about putting it in stadium in the DMV that they consider the Ravens Nest over the WORSE STADIUM IN THE COUNTRY FEDEX!

Posted by: jdb70 | July 30, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

DC will get the game - and so much more - when the city and Snyder partner on an indoor/outdoor stadium at the RFK site.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 30, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Unless the level of play in the ACC gets better, it won't matter where you put the game. It was disheartening to watch a championship game in Tampa and Jax with only half the stadium full. Two reasons why: 1) BC was playing both games; 2) No national title shot at stake. Add that to the lackluster road attendance of other ACC teams and it's no wonder that people want to get rid of the BCS.

But if they put it up north, put it in Baltimore. It's less cavernous than FedEx and there's more to do around the stadium.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | July 30, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

jdb70,

Get real. I realize it isn't the crown jewel of the NFL but Fedex Field isn't the worst either. There are two stadiums in the Bay area alone that are easily much worse (SF & Oakland). In addition, M & T Bank isn't the crown jewel of the NFL either. Although the bowl is awesome the facade of the stadium is hideous, to say the least. It isn't even close to being the best stadium in Charm City. That nod clearly belongs to Camden Yards.

Posted by: croftonpost | July 31, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

The ACC continues to just not get it. It should be in Charlotte every single year. Period. There is no other logical choice at all.

Posted by: Hogie | July 31, 2009 2:22 AM | Report abuse

The Big 12 rotates their game and has Kansas City (I think they use Arrowhead Stadium) on the rota...an outdoor stadium where it's often played in freezing conditions (and the game sells out every year).

Just saying.

Posted by: jcurrin | July 31, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

hosting the title game in D.C. = the closest the Terps will get to it.

Posted by: Durham2 | July 31, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

hosting the title game in D.C. = the closest the Terps will get to it.

Posted by: Durham2 | July 31, 2009 10:28 AM

Strong statement from a fan that appears to reside in that football hotbed of DURHAM!

Posted by: blackandred777 | July 31, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I think at some point the ACC will rotate the title game to DC. Particularly if Snyder ever does work out a deal with the city to build the Skins a retractable dome stadium so he can get to host a Super Bowl.

And given the way the game has gone so far for the ACC, that year it'll be a Miami vs. BC title game. As soon as the game moves to Charlotte, it'll probably end up being Miami vs. FSU like they dreamed when they put the game in Florida to start with.

Posted by: thrh1 | July 31, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I think it is a bad idea. I would love to have the acc championship in the area but the weather is a big NO FACTOR.If they did deceide on dc Please go with Ravens stadium... I have always been and will always be a skins fan but synder is another story rich but a loser

Living here carolina makes charlotte easy to get to however it gets freaking cold in dec... The georgia dome would be super

just my 2 cents

37 days till we are 1-0

Posted by: carolina1 | August 1, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

blackand red777 You are right Durham nc is the murder capitol of the world.There are certain sections of durham that the cops will not go..However if you are a avid golfer play Hope Valley..It is in a neighbor of million plus homes and old durham money even tho a lot of it is the pukes money.... We have a annual tournament of terp alum vs the pukes and we are 6-0 over the last 6 years.. its killing them due to the fact that a trophy is in the pro shop (:

FEAR THE TURTLE

Posted by: carolina1 | August 1, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

One of the biggest issues with the 2 division set up in the ACC is we don't get to play Duke every year in football. Hard to believe but this year we play Duke for the first time in 5 years in football. That's 4 ACC wins we've been robbed of since we stopped playing them in 2004.

Who knows, the Terps might have won an ACC championship in 06 or 08, if heading into the finale either year MD had another ACC win on their record.

God I hate Duke. And I hate even more not playing them and destroying them in football every year.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 2, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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