TAMPA, Fla. - With a win over the University of Virginia this past weekend, the No. 15 Clemson Tigers clinched the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and a spot in the 2009 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship. Clemson will go head-to-head against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Raymond James Stadium.
“We’re ecstatic to play host to this highly anticipated match-up of two great teams. There is no doubt that both of these schools have tremendous fan bases and we consider it an honor to be able to roll out the red carpet for them in our community,” said Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.
The 2009 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship returns to prime time national television this year with an 8 p.m. kickoff on ESPN. The prime time kickoff is the first for the ACC title contest since the inaugural game in Jacksonville in 2005.
“I know Clemson Nation is very excited to go to Tampa for the ACC Championship game. I even heard we had sold almost 10,000 tickets before we had even gotten in the game,” said Clemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney. “It has been a long time (1991) since Clemson won an ACC title, and I know our players, our coaches and fans are hungry for another one. Tampa will be a great city for this game and you are going to see a lot of orange in Tampa on Dec. 5.”
Tickets are still available to the 2009 ACC Football Championship Game, one of the best values in all of college football, by visiting www.TheRoadToTampaBay.com