Hey gang...Travis back!  With the 48-hour celebration of ACC football this weekend, it’s time to start planning out your ACC Championship itinerary.  Just some of the highlights of the weekend’s festivities include:

Friday, Dec. 4
12 p.m.
ACC Coaches & Awards Luncheon at the Tampa Convention Center
The 2009 ACC Football awards will be presented at this luncheon. Head Coaches Dabo Swinney of Clemson and Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech will be present to discuss their team’s seasons and participate in the festivities. Limited tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 813-218-3814. 

Friday, Dec. 4
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Channelside Community Outreach – Mascot and Children’s Bowling Championship at Splitsville at Channelside Bay Plaza
The ACC is teaming up with the Children’s Cancer Center to treat some of the cancer patients to a fun-filled afternoon at Splitsville at Channelside Bay Plaza.  The kids will enjoy food and drinks, as well as a round of bowling with the mascots and cheerleaders from all 12 ACC institutions.  The event is closed to the public

Friday, Dec. 4
7 p.m.
ACC Night of Legends at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Presented by the Florida Sports Foundation, the ACC Night of Legends embodies the true spirit of ACC football by honoring outstanding legends from each ACC institution. The event will provide the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in college football. 

Legends include Heisman Trophy winners Chris Weinke (Florida State) and Vinny Testaverde (Miami), as well as Danny Ford (Clemson), Mike Mayock (Boston College), Danny Ford (Clemson), Bob Pascal (Duke), Eddie Lee Ivery (Georgia Tech), Kevin Glover (Maryland), Kelvin Bryant (North Carolina), Willie Burden (NC State), Jim Bakhtiar (Virginia), Bob Schweickert (Virginia Tech) and Bill Barnes (Wake Forest). 

Attendees will also hear a performance by contemporary jazz composer Eric Darius.  Limited tickets are available and can be purchased by calling 813-218-3814.

Friday, Dec. 4
7 p.m.
Channelside’s Toast to the Atlantic Coast at Channelside Bay Plaza
The Toast to the Atlantic Coast is the biggest downtown party happening during Championship Weekend. The fun-filled the event will include school bands, cheerleaders and mascots, among other festivities.  All ACC and college football fans are encouraged to come and partake in the fun and excitement.  This event is FREE and open to the public. 

Saturday, Dec. 5
5 p.m.
ACC FanFestat Raymond James Stadium - Lot 6D
ACC FanFest is the biggest party during the 48-hour celebration of ACC football. There will be over 200,000 square feet of interactive games, clinics, team mascots, pep rallies, food and beverage, autograph signings, game merchandise, jumbotrons and general family fun.

Country music star James Otto will perform a pre-game concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This event is FREE to all ticketholders. 

Saturday, Dec. 5
5 p.m.
ACC Youth Football and Cheerleading Celebration at Raymond James Stadium - Lot 6D
Starting just hours before kickoff and concluding with the final whistle of the Championship Game, 6,000 youth and their families will take place in this celebration, which will incorporate a tremendous lineup of FanFest festivities, including games, music, prizes, the Under Armour Football Combine and much more.  Meanwhile, youth cheerleaders will learn new dances, cheers, and motions from ACC cheerleaders who will also sign autographs and take pictures.

The Celebration continues inside Raymond James Stadium where the north and south end zones will be packed with Youth Celebration participants during the pre-game Salute to Youth Football.  The Youth Celebration participants will then sit back and watch (most for the first time) the pageantry, camaraderie, competition and sportsmanship of ACC Football.
 
Saturday, Dec. 5
5:15 p.m.
ACC Mascots Game at ACC FanFest (Raymond James Stadium – Lot 6D)
Following the Pep Rallies for Georgia Tech and Clemson, attendees will witness one of the marquee events during the 48-hour ACC celebration.  The ACC Mascots Game brings mascots from all 12 schools together for hard- (or soft-) hitting fun.  It all takes place in the FanFest area, in Lot 6D of Raymond James Stadium.

Saturday, Dec. 5
5:45 p.m.
Clemson Tigers Pep Rally at ACC FanFest (Raymond James Stadium – Lot 6D)
Clemson Tigers football fans can come out and help root their team on to victory during the Atlantic Division Pep Rally, held in the 200,000-square-foot FanFest area, on the south side of Raymond James Stadium.  This event is open to all ticketholders. 

Saturday, Dec. 5
6:15 p.m.
Georgia Tech Pep Rally at ACC FanFest (Raymond James Stadium – Lot 6D)
Immediately following the Clemson Pep Rally, fans can come out and help root the Georgia Tech football team on to victory during the Coastal Division Pep Rally.  This will also be held in the 200,000-square-foot FanFest area, on the south side of Raymond James Stadium.  This event is open to all ticketholders. 

Saturday, Dec. 5
8 p.m.
2009 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium
Enjoy the hard-hitting action that the 2009 ACC Championship Game will provide.  Watch as Clemson and Georgia Tech battle to see who the best in the ACC really is! 

And there you have it!  Make sure you log on to www.TheRoadToTampaBay.com to get more info...and to get your tickets to the Championship and the rest of the Tampa Bay area events! 

and keep checking back here as we bring you all of the ACC Championship updates, as well as info on other great things to do in Tampa Bay!