ATLANTA (AP) - The Southeastern Conference has agreed to keep
its football championship game at the Georgia Dome through the 2017 season.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced the deal Friday, adding
two years to the existing five-year contract.
The game was held for two years in Birmingham, Ala., before
moving to Atlanta since 1994. All but one of the games held at the
70,000-seat Georgia Dome has been a sellout, and the last five
conference champions have gone on to win the national title.
The NFL Atlanta Falcons are working to build a new outdoor
stadium near the Georgia Dome, but officials have stressed that the
indoor facility must remain open to host events such as the SEC
championship and basketball's Final Four.
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