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Georgia Dome secures SEC title game until 2017

Posted on: February 25, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 5:36 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Since 1994, the SEC Championshp Game has been held in Atlanta and played in the Georgia Dome. It has become both an on-field and off-field spectacle for SEC fans, with all supporters of all schools gathering in the Peach City for one of the biggest games of the year.  On Friday, SEC commissioner Mike Slive announced that the conference would keep the championship game in the Georgia Dome until 2017, extending the current deal by two years.   

“The SEC Football Championship Game continues to be one of the premiere college sports events,” Commissioner Slive said in the official release. “The Georgia Dome and the Georgia World Congress Center has shown year-in and year-out that it is an outstanding host for our event. Their operations staff and leadership have been tremendous to work with and we look forward to continuing the relationship.”

In the 16 years since the game moved from Birmingham to Atlanta, the game has taken on a new life as an unofficial "celebration of Southern football."  The SEC claims to be the best conference in all of college football, and this is the Super Bowl for that league.  Their claims have been justified nationally in recent years.  In fact, the last five SEC Championshp Game winners have gone on to win the BCS National Championship - a fact that any SEC fan will quickly recall when challenged.

I have not been to the SEC Championship Game myself, but I did attend this season's Chick Fil-A Kickoff Game.  The entire Atlanta area was transformed into a college football celebration, and the atmosphere inside the Georgia Dome was one of the more electric neutral-field games I've ever experienced.  Well the SEC Championship is that opening weekend upgraded to the nth power.  You have national title implications, Heisman hopefuls, and it is the final game between league opponents.  The question isn't "Why are they keeping it in Atlanta?" But instead, "Why have it anywhere else?"

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 1:41 pm

Georgia Dome secures SEC title game until 2017

I have never been to a SEC championship game. I have seen the Georgia Dome, it is a beautiful stadium. Atlanta is a beautiful city and the residents are very friendly kind and will speak to you even though you are a total stranger.

I was stationed in Atlanta at Fort McPherson, the USO would get tickets to the Georgia Tech football games which I went every time I could and enjoyed the game each time. Georgia Tech at that time was in the SEC, so I was able to see some of the premier football teams and  even more a lot of future Hall of Fame football coaches such as Bobby Dodd, Pau Bear Bryant and Dooley of Georgia.

I wonder what they would think of the conference they built with the current OOC schedule and the championship game being played in the Georgia Dome.

I am pretty sure they would love the championship game as it appears as if this was a natural progression.

Now the schedule I am not too sure either coach would like the ooc schedule.


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