Charlotte Sports Foundation is proud to bring the Belk Bowl to Charlotte each year.
Charlotte Sports Foundation
The Charlotte Sports Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created in 2013 to provide leadership for sports-based initiatives that enhance the economy and quality of life in the Charlotte region. We provide unique events and business opportunities around professional, collegiate and amateur sporting events, highlighted by the Belk Bowl and the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship. Our efforts are intended to create a positive economic impact in the region as well as to enhance the quality of life.
The Belk Bowl
From the very beginning, the Belk Bowl has been a true success story. With a sellout crowd of 73,535 in attendance for the opening kickoff in December 2002, the game drew the largest non-BCS crowd of the bowl season and became the second-most attended inaugural bowl game in NCAA history.
Over the past eight years, the bowl has averaged over 62,000 fans, with three sellouts. The game has reached over 22 million total households. In 2003, the bowl was named one of the five-best start-ups in sports over the past five years by the Sports Business Journal, behind only the NFL Houston Texans and ESPN the Magazine.
The Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship
After adding Miami and Virginia Tech to the conference in 2004, the Atlantic Coast Conference welcomed Boston College in 2005 as its 12th member institution. With the expanded conference, the ACC created two divisions, the Atlantic and Coastal, and pitted the champions of each in the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game on December 3, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. Each year, the championship game determines the Conference Champion as well as the recipient of the ACC’s automatic berth into the Bowl Championship Series.