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Travel With Spectacular to the Celebration Bowl

Travel with Spectacular Magazine to Atlanta to cheer our MEAC Champs on to victory. We are sponsoring a one-day bus trip to the Celebration Bowl. Purchase your ticket(s) to the game (info below) and leave the rest to us!!

DURHAM, NC ( – The first invitation to the second annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl – to be played on Saturday, Dec. 17, at noon ET from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta – has been extended to the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) college football champion, North Carolina Central University.

The FCS #20 ranked Eagles completed a perfect 8-0 conference slate by defeating rival and #9 North Carolina A&T, 42-21. Executive Director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, John Grant, was on-site at the Aggie-Eagle Classic in Durham and presented Eagles Coach Jerry Mack with the official invitation.

“Congratulations to MEAC champion North Carolina Central for punching their ticket to the second annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl,” said Grant.  “We are excited for the Eagles to join us in this historic match-up against the winner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, especially given Coach Mack’s amazing 21-3 mark in conference play over the last three years. His designation as an Eddie Robinson Award finalist is very well deserved.”
The opponent facing North Carolina Central’s Eagles in the second annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl will be decided during the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship game on Saturday, Dec. 3, where either Grambling State University or Southern University will take on Alcorn State University.

Establishing itself as the first bowl game of the season, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) postseason football game owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. It is a championship-style game between the MEAC and SWAC champions and will be televised on ABC. ESPN works with 100 Black Men of Atlanta to organize the game’s ancillary events which include a youth symposium, robotics showcase, college and job fair, fan experience and more.

The MEAC is 1-0 all time in the event, as North Carolina A&T defeated Alcorn State 41-34 in the inaugural game last year in front of over 35,000 fans.

Tickets for the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl are on sale at the NCCU Ticket Office

    Eagle Club donors will have access to purchase club level tickets (sections 217-226) for $60 and mid-field lower level tickets (sections 115-116) for $50 until Dec. 2, based on the Eagle Club’s priority points system. Starting Dec. 3, any remaining tickets will be available for purchase to the general public.

Lower level tickets in sections 111-114 and 118-121 ($50)
may be bought by the general public starting Monday, Nov. 21, at 12 p.m.

There is also a designated section for MEAC students
(section 124) with tickets priced at only $15.

Contact the NCCU Ticket Office at (919) 530-5170 or visit
the on-campus location on the lower level of W.G. Pearson Dining Hall.

A full list of events surrounding the game are available on the event’s website.  For more information, visit, and follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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