TAMPA, Fla. - The 2008 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship saw the Virginia Tech Hokies defeat the Boston College Eagles 30-12 at Raymond James Stadium on December 6th. To compliment the exciting action on the field, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission worked with the Atlantic Coast Conference to create a 48-hour celebration of ACC football.
The celebration kicked off Friday afternoon at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina with the Coaches & Awards Luncheon, presented by Tampa Bay & Company. The program featured a Q&A session conducted by ABC’s championship game broadcast team with both head coaches and an awards ceremony, honoring individual achievement throughout the conference.
The festivities continued Friday night with two marquee events, Channelside’s Toast to the Atlantic Coast and the ACC Night of Legends. Channelside’s Toast to the Atlantic Coast, presented by EA Sports featured a variety of entertainment including, the two participating schools’ bands, a live DJ, food and drink vendors and a jousting match between all 12 ACC team mascots. The ACC Night of Legends, presented by the Florida Sports Foundation, celebrated the careers of the 2008 ACC Legends Class at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. This special event featured special guest appearances from community leaders and included entertainment and food indigenous to Tampa Bay.
On game day, ACC FanFest welcomed thousands of fans to enjoy a variety of pre-game festivities and hospitality. Fans then watched Virginia Tech defeat Boston College, giving the Hokies back to back ACC titles. Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who scored two first-half touchdowns earned most valuable player honors, completing 11 of 19 passes for 84 yards and rushing for 11 times for 30 yards and two touchdowns. After the game, fans were treated to a live concert by country music superstar Blake Shelton, presented by local radio station, US 103.5 FM,
Hillsborough County athletes had a chance to participate in the weekend celebration with Saturday night’s Under Armour High School All Star Game and Sunday’s Under Armour Youth Football Game Day of Champions. This year’s High School All Star game featured 90 high school football players, with all Hillsborough County football programs having representation. Players from the East All Stars reigned victorious with a 24-14 win over the West All Stars. The following day, eight teams from local youth football league’s fulfilled their dreams to play in Raymond James Stadium in the 2008 Under Armour Game Day of Champions. Teams from Tampa Bay Youth Football League, West Coast Youth Football Conference, Mid Florida Football Conference, and Pasco PAL’s Lutz Chiefs participated in this year’s Game Day of Champions.