Your guide to this Saturday’s ACC Football Championship, from team bars to street closures

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Charlotte will welcome the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship game this Saturday, December 1. The Atlantic Division champions and second-ranked Clemson Tigers (CFP No. 2) will take on Coastal Division winners Pittsburgh Panthers at Bank of America Stadium at 8 p.m.

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Now on to the most important details you need to know before game day…


Fan 5K: The ACC will be hosting the ACC Fan 5K and Kids Mascot Run presented by Novant Health at 8 a.m. the morning of the game. The starting line will be at S. Tryon at Levine Avenue and will finish on S. Tryon at Levine Avenue. Event organizers expect around 500 participants.

Tickets are $40 through November 30, and $45 on race day. Proceeds will benefit United Way.

FanFest: The ACC sponsors and other vendors will be at Romare Bearden Park for fans and other attendees to enjoy starting at noon. There will be a Dr. Pepper hospitality zone, family zone, main stage and more. The event is free.

ACC Tailgate Central: The official pre-game tailgate party of the ACC Football Championship game will be on December 1 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Romare Bearden Park. Event organizers expect up to 30,000 attendees.

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The party is FREE, and will include performances by both schools’ band and cheerleaders, appearances by ACC mascots, the ACC trophy on-site for pictures, music, tailgate games, giveaways and more. Tailgate food, craft beer from OMB, and wine will be available for purchase. Find more details here.

Kids’ Combine: The ACC will host the ACC Football Kids’ Combine, managed by Rhino Sports & Entertainment Services, LLC and powered by USA Football, on December 1 at the Carolina Panthers Practice Field. All kids will compete in a 40 yard dash, a vertical jump, a W-Drill, QB distance toss and more. Participants will be divided into age groups including 1st-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade and 6th-8th grade. Learn more about registration here.

Team Bars


Where to watch: Draught.

More ‘Sea of Orange’ info: Charlotte Clemson Club

A Welcome to Charlotte Clemson Gathering will happen at Whisky River at the Epicentre on Friday, November 30 at 8 p.m.

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Where to watch: Greystone Pub (South Boulevard).

More Pitt info: Charlotte Pitt Club

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Tickets are still available here. Tickets start at $37 and go up from there.

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Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET

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Fan 5KThe route uses South Tryon Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Camden Road and West Tremont Avenue. The event starts at 8 a.m.

FanFest: On Friday, November 30 at 9:30 a.m., the following streets will close for set up, event activities and tear down.

  • Tryon Street between Levine Avenue of the Arts and 4th Street
  • Levine Avenue of the Arts between Tryon and Church Streets
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Church to College Streets (3rd Street remains open)

On Saturday, December 1 at 6 a.m., 3rd Street between Church and College Streets will be closed. All streets will reopen that night at 11:30 p.m.

All details via the Charlotte Government.


You can tune in to the game on ABC.

The Talk

Clemson“It’s just business as usual,” coach Dabo Swinney said. “Our team has done an amazing job of staying focused on the task at hand.”

Pitt: “I think our kids understand that we’re the underdog,” coach Pat Narduzzi said Sunday. “Turn on any TV station or ESPN they’ll probably find out.”

[RELATED: ACC Mismatch?: Pitt hopes to challenge No. 2 Clemson]


  1. The “Fanfest” has become smaller year after year. Gone are the big music performers, games and exhibits , now we are left with a part time DJ or a local charity band.


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