SEC championship remains in Atlanta at least through 2026
ATLANTA - The Southeastern Conference football championship game is staying in Atlanta for at least a dozen more years.
The league announced a new 10-year agreement to play the game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a $1.4 billion retractable-roof facility under construction next door to the Georgia Dome. The new stadium is to open in 2017.
The agreement gives the SEC the option of adding two successive five-year extensions, which would keep the game in Atlanta through 2036.
The SEC championship game will be played the next two years at the Georgia Dome, its home since 1994. The 23-year-old dome will be demolished after the new stadium opens.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is serving mainly as the home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, as well as the city's new MLS expansion soccer team, Atlanta United FC.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Massive I-10 crash in Lafayette now impacting drivers in BR
Man wanted for stabbing wife to death, injuring two others
After third cancer diagnosis, local mother undergoing experimental treatment
10 year old makes sure homeless are warm this winter
Steve Scalise promoting his new book 'Back in the Game'