Frontrunners: Jacksonville, Charlotte, Orlando

Updated: May 12, 2004, 3:39 PM ET
Associated Press

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference has requested proposals from nine cities to host its football championship game, which begins in 2005.

Jacksonville, Charlotte, N.C., and Orlando, are considered among the top candidates. Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Washington, Baltimore and East Rutherford, N.J., are also being considered. The inaugural game will be played Dec. 3, 2005.

ACC commissioner John Swofford didn't rate the cities, other than to say Atlanta was a long shot because it hosts the Southeastern Conference title game.

"Atlanta is not realistic because the SEC is already there, and on the same weekend we would play our game," Swofford told the Florida Times-Union.

The commissioner said the league will make its decision in late summer or fall.

The league decided to create a title game after bringing Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College into the league from the Big East Conference. Miami and Virginia Tech begin play in the upcoming season, while Boston College will start in the 2005 season, bringing the league to 12 teams.

On Wednesday, when the meetings adjourn, Swofford is expected to announce a new television contract for the league.


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