Tickets for 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney On Sale

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          Release: 06/05/2013
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ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced that tickets for the 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney are on sale for the ninth annual matchup that will showcase the Florida A&M University Rattlers of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) against the Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 1. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or by logging on to www.meacswacchallenge.com or at the Citrus Bowl box office.

The game will be televised on ESPN Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. ET.

The yearly event, which features teams from two prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), brings approximately 20,000 fans to Central Florida over Labor Day Weekend for the start of college football season. The event will mark the third meeting between the two storied programs – first meeting on Sept. 19, 1987 (FAMU won 10-0) and the last time they met was in Sept. 15, 1990 (FAMU won 28-13).

Travel options to attend the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando are being offered by Anthony Travel, the event’s official travel provider. Travel packages will include discounted hotel accommodations, game tickets and specially-priced Theme Park Tickets. For more information, visit www.AnthonyTravel.com/MEACSWAC or call 888-632-6951.

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney brings More Than A Game with several additional events taking place, including a high school career seminar on August 29 at EvansHigh School. On Saturday, August 31, fans will celebrate at a pep rally at Downtown Disney, followed by a parade and band showcase at Disney’s Epcot. The MEAC/SWAC Challenge will also honor legends from Historically Black Colleges and Universities during the Legend’s Reception at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Game day will kickoff with a Pre-Game Praise Service at Tinker Field and The Great Tailgate at McCracken Field.

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television. For more information about the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, or to join the event’s following on Facebook and Twitter, visit the event’s official Web site at www.meacswacchallenge.com.

ESPN Regional Television
ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates collegiate sporting events worldwide, including two Labor Day Kickoff college football games; seven college bowl games and eight college basketball events. These account for approximately 200 hours of programming, reach almost 64 million viewers and attract nearly half a million attendees each year. The owned and operated events build relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as provide unique experiences for teams and fans. In addition to event ownership, ERT manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football

BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Las Vegas Bowl; MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Texas Bowl (Houston); Texas Kickoff Classic (Houston); Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball

Armed Forces Classic (TBD); Charleston Classic (S.C.); Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic presented by Corona Extra (Madison Square Garden); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (TBD) and State Farm Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago) 

For more information, visit espnplus.com.

Media Contacts:
Rachel Margolis, ESPN at 860-766-2798 or rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
Sarah Houseknecht, BZA PR on behalf of ERT at 212-708-1677or sarahh@bzapr.com
Crystal Fukumoto, BZA PR on behalf of ERT at 310-709-8690 or crystalf@bzapr.com

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