SEC FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TO BE AT GEORGIA DOME THROUGH 2015
Southeastern Conference and Georgia Dome agree on five-year extension
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference and the Georgia Dome have agreed on a five-year extension for the SEC Football Championship Game that will have the game played at the world-class facility through the 2015 game, announced SEC Commissioner Mike Slive Monday.
"The SEC Football Championship Game has become one of the season's premiere events," said Slive. "The Georgia Dome and the Georgia World Congress Center is a fitting host for our event. Their operations staff and leadership have been tremendous to work with and we look forward to continuing the relationship."
The SEC Football Championship Game continues to be one of the most popular sporting events in the nation. The game has been sold out every year but once (1995) since the first game was played at the Georgia Dome in 1994. Last year's SEC Football Championship Game pitting Alabama against Florida drew 75,892 fans - the largest crowd ever to witness a sporting event in the Georgia Dome.
"The city of Atlanta has also served us well in the past," added Slive. "The quality of accommodations and the fact that it is a transportation hub for the Southeast makes it a great city to host the SEC Weekend of Champions."
The 2009 SEC Championship Game will be played on Dec. 5 with kickoff slated for 4 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by CBS Sports. The SEC Weekend of Champions begins with the Regions Bank SEC Coaches Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 4 and also includes the Dr Pepper SEC FanFare and the SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T.