With tons of hard work and dedication, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission put on a fantastic weekend of events surrounding the 2008 Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game. The 48-hour celebration of ACC football was a huge success, with guests and VIPs in attendance at four fantastic events.
It all started with the ACC Coaches & Awards Luncheon, which took place on Friday at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel&Marina in downtown. The invitation-only luncheon was attended by Boston College and Virginia Tech coaches and staff, VIPs from college football and community leaders. MVPs from both teams were honored at the luncheon, as well as the team coaches.
Next on the roster was Channelside's Toast to the Atlantic Coast, which took place on Friday evening in the courtyard at Channelside in downtown and was presented by EA Sports. This ACC pep rally was free to the public and featured a live DJ, food and drink vendors and even a jousting match between all 12 ACC team mascots.
The exclusive, invitation-only ACC Night of Legends event took place on Friday night at the ACC Headquarter Hotel, the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Presented by the Florida Sports Foundation, this event celebrated the careers of the 2008 ACC Legends Class and featured food, drinks and live entertainment.
And last, but definitely not least... Country music star and heartthrob, Blake Shelton, performed a full concert immediately following the Championship Game. Presented by local radio station, US 103.5 FM, this concert was free to all game ticket holders. Now how can you beat a free concert right after a thrilling football game?
The Sports guys have definitely been busy trying to prepare for last weekend, and it showed. Each event was successful and perfectly planned. Hats off to the Sports Commission and all of the local volunteers for orchestrating such a winning weekend!