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SWAC, MEAC Commissioners Talk On HBCU Sports In Atlanta

August 16, 2023

There are no Division I HBCUs schools in Atlanta nor Georgia, but the SWAC and MEAC are making strides to build a strong relationship there.

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ATLANTA — Historically Black colleges aren’t new to Atlanta. Between Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and now Morris Brown, four of the most recognizable HBCUs call Georgia’s capital home.  Over the last eight years, Atlanta has become a prime location for HBCU sports, primarily because it’s home to two of the most prominent games in Black college football.

The Cricket Celebration Bowl was the first of the two games, where the MEAC and SWAC regular season champs face off for the title of HBCU national champion and to “celebrate” the history, legacy, and pageantry of HBCUs.  The game was always played in Atlanta, where it started in 2015 at the Falcons’ old stadium, the Georgia Dome, and North Carolina A&T defeated Alcorn State 41-34 in a thriller.  The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is the older of the two games (it was established in 2005). Still, it didn’t make its way to Atlanta until 2018, where Prairie View A&M defeated North Carolina Central 40-24 in Georgia State football’s stadium, now known as Center Parc Stadium.

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