The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced today the 2016 Belk Bowl will be played Thursday, December 29, with a 5:30 p.m. EST kickoff. The game, celebrating its 15th year, will be televised nationally and will be the only bowl game aired during this time slot on the ESPN family of networks.
College football’s only bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the Belk Bowl has long-term partnerships in place with Belk, ESPN, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference, all through 2019. The game is played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
“We are excited to announce the 2016 Belk Bowl will be played in primetime Thursday, December 29,” said Will Webb, Belk Bowl Executive Director. “We look forward to continuing our tradition of showcasing Charlotte to our partner schools and an international television audience.”
“We are thrilled the 2016 Belk Bowl will be played December 29 in primetime,” said Jon Pollack, Belk’s Executive Vice President of Sales Promotion, Marketing and eCommerce. “We look forward to hosting some of the ACC and SEC’s top teams and fans in Charlotte with a Bowl Week filled with exciting events, including the Belk Bowl FanFest.”
Belk has been the title sponsor of the Belk Bowl since 2011, working to help increase the Bowl’s visibility both regionally and nationally. The Belk Bowl FanFest Concert, the bowl’s marquee pregame event, has historically featured national performing musical acts that include Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Daughtry, Edwin McCain and Lady Antebellum.
“We are very proud to host the Belk Bowl in Charlotte for the 15th straight year,” said Johnny Harris, Chairman of the Charlotte Sports Foundation. “With over $200 million in economic impact to the city of Charlotte and the surrounding region, the Belk Bowl is now a cornerstone in Charlotte’s rich sports history.”
Individual public tickets will go on sale in the fall. For more information, please contact the Charlotte Sports Foundation’s Ticket Office at Tickets@CharlotteSports.org. The Belk Bowl FanFest artist will be announced at a later date.