CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The city of Charlotte is enlisting its heavy hitters in the business community in an effort to become the permanent home of the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship game.
Former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl and ex-Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt were appointed honorary co-chairmen Wednesday for the ACC title game, which will be in Charlotte in 2010 and '11 after a two-year stay in Tampa, Fla. The game was held in Jacksonville, Fla., before that.
Commissioner John Swofford says he wouldn't be opposed to having a permanent home for the game, which has struggled to draw fans.
Swofford says they are close to finalizing an extension with the Meineke Bowl which would guarantee the loser of the ACC title game would not return to Charlotte.