May 11, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A prime time kickoff for the seventh-annual Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game and the debut of a syndicated ACC Regional Sports Network package highlight the early season TV and game time schedule announced Wednesday by Atlantic Coast Conference.
“This is an exciting time for the Atlantic Coast Conference as we kick off our new 12-year multimedia partnership with ESPN,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This year’s ACC Football schedule is terrific in terms of exposure, competition and possibility for our teams. I’m looking forward to the season and it’s culmination in Charlotte when the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game kicks off in primetime.”
Game times and broadcast affiliates were announced for the Wolfpack’s first three contests of 2011. The Liberty game on Sept. 3 and the South Alabama contest on Sept. 17 will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be carried by ESPN3.com. The Wolfpack’s conference opener at Wake Forest on Sept. 10 will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be carried by the league’s new Regional Sports Network.
The 2011 ACC Football Championship Game, which will be played on December 3 in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., will have an 8 p.m. kickoff and will be nationally televised by ESPN. It will be the second-straight prime time exposure for the ACC title game which drew of a crowd of 72,379 fans in its Charlotte debut last year.
The ACC will have two syndicated packages produced by the ACC Network this fall. As in the past, the ACC Network will produce a game of the week which will actually expand to the opening week of the season, debuting with Appalachian State at Virginia Tech on Sept. 3.
New to this year will be the addition of a second ACC Network production which will air on the Regional Sports Networks throughout the ACC footprint. This package will debut with James Madison at North Carolina on Sept. 3 and features a doubleheader on Sept. 17 beginning with Kansas at Georgia Tech (12:30 pm), and concluding with Arkansas State at Virginia Tech (4 pm).
ACC network syndicated games will have a new, later kickoff time of 12:30 p.m.; while the Regional Sports Network package will be no earlier than 12:30 p.m., with several games slated for 3:30 p.m. or later.