CHARLOTTE – The Belk Bowl has announced that the University of Arkansas will face Virginia Tech in the 2016 Belk Bowl, marking the first time both schools have met on the gridiron. It is also the first Belk Bowl appaerance for both programs.
Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 29th with the game televised by ESPN. For the 2016 Belk Bowl, Arkansas is designated the away team and Virginia Tech is designated the home team.
"We are very excited to welcome Arkansas and Virginia Tech to the 2016 Belk Bowl," said Will Webb, Belk Bowl Executive Director. "College football is always exciting, and this year's season didn't disappoint with big surprises that kept fans on our toes week to week," said Lisa Harper, CEO of Belk.
"We're thrilled to have the Razorbacks and Hokies join us at the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29 and can't wait to welcome all football fans to Charlotte for an exciting matchup of these two great schools."
Arkansas finished the regular season with a 7-5 overall record while Virginia Tech finished with a 9-4 overall record.
College football's only bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the Belk Bowl has long-term partnerships in place with Belk, ESPN, the ACC and the SEC, all through 2019. The game is played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Individual tickets for the 2016 Belk Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the participating schools.
Multi-Grammy and Country Music Awards winner Tim McGraw will be the headline act at the 2016 Belk Bowl FanFest Concert. Free to the public on gameday, FanFest will take place in uptown Charlotte on Mint Street , Romare Bearden Park, and in BB&T Ballpark. FanFest festivities begin at 11 a.m. with McGraw's performance inside BB&T Ballpark scheduled for 2 p.m.
Fans MUST purchase a Belk Bowl game ticket or Super Fan Package to be eligible to attend the Tim McGraw concert inside BB&T Ballpark. Concert vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be given out only to the first 10,000 fans that show their official Belk Bowl game tickets at the BB&T Ballpark Ticket Office during the two redemption days. The redemption days are Wednesday, Dec. 28th from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 29th from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Please note there are limited quantities of concert vouchers available each day.
Fans can visit the official website, www.BelkBowl.com, for more information about the game and surrounding events.
Fans attending the game at Bank of America Stadium should be aware of the clear bag policy and other security measures. For more information, click here.