Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, Georgia
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME QUICK FACTS:
Date: Saturday, December 2
Site: Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.
Capacity: 73,000Time: 4 p.m. ET
Television: CBS Sports
Mercedes-Benz Stadium Contract: Through 2026 game
CBS Sports Contract: Through 2024 game
Highest TV Rating: 11.8 (24 share) - 2009
Largest Crowd: 83,091 (Alabama vs. Florida, Legion Field) - 1992
Largest Georgia Dome Crowd: 75,892 (Alabama vs. Florida) - 2008
ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
The Southeastern Conference's Eastern and Western Division winners will meet in Atlanta's newly constructed Mercedes-Benz Stadium to battle for the league championship and the right to represent the conference in the College Football Playoff. The 26th-annual title game is set for December 2 and will be televised nationally by CBS Sports.
The game was born as a result of 1992 conference expansion, which saw Arkansas and South Carolina become the first members added in SEC history. Under NCAA regulations, a conference with 12 members may play an additional football game to determine its champion, provided the regular season is played in divisions.
The participants of the game are determined each year during the eight-game regular-season conference schedule as the teams with the best overall SEC winning percentage in each division.
The 2016 SEC Championship Game was the highest rated championship game in the nation and second highest rated game of the entire 2016 season. Overall the SEC in on CBS had four of the Top 10 Most Watched College Football games last season and seven of the Top 20.
The 2009 SEC Championship Game earned an 11.8 rating and a 24 share, marking the highest-rated SEC Championship Game in history. The game matched the No. 1 Florida Gators (12-0) vs. the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0).
The SEC Championship Game has drawn 23 capacity crowds in its 25-year history. Only 1993 (Birmingham) and 1995 (Atlanta) were not sellouts.
The SEC, along with AMB Sports & Entertainment (AMBSE) and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), have an agreement to host the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta through 2026. The new agreement allows the SEC the option of adding up to two successive five-year extensions.
The Georgia Dome hosted the SEC Championship Game for 23 years beginning in 1994, with capacity crowds in the last 21 consecutive years. By the end of the new agreement, including options, the Championship will have been played in Atlanta a total of 43 years.
|Dr Pepper SEC FanFare||9:00 AM-4:00 PM||Georgia World Congress Center||Information|
|Western Division Team Pep Rally||Georgia World Congress Center|
|Eastern Division Team Pep Rally||Georgia World Congress Center|
|SEC Football Championship Game||4:00 PM||Mercedes-Benz Stadium||Tickets|
|1992||Alabama 28, Florida 21||83,091||Antonio Langham, Alabama|
|1993||Florida 28, Alabama 13||76,345||Terry Dean, Florida|
|1994||Florida 24, Alabama 23||76,751||Ellis Johnson, Florida|
|1995||Florida 34, Arkansas 3||71,325||Danny Wuerffel, Florida|
|1996||Florida 45, Alabama 30||74,132||Danny Wuerffel, Florida|
|1997||Tennessee 30, Auburn 29||74,896||Peyton Manning, Tennessee|
|1998||Tennessee 24, Mississippi State 14||74,795||Peerless Price, Tennessee|
|1999||Alabama 34, Florida 7||71,500||Freddie Milons, Alabama|
|2000||Florida 28. Auburn 6||73,427||Rex Grossman, Florida|
|2001||LSU 31, Tennessee 20||74,843||Matt Mauck, LSU|
|2002||Georgia 30, Arkansas 3||74,835||David Greene, Georgia|
|2003||LSU 34, Georgia 13||74,913||Justin Vincent, LSU|
|2004||Auburn 38, Tennessee 28||74,892||Jason Campbell, Auburn|
|2005||Georgia 34, LSU 14||73,717||D.J. Shockley, Georgia|
|2006||Florida 38, Arkansas 28||73,374||Percy Harvin, Florida|
|2007||LSU 21, Tennessee 14||73,832||Ryan Perrilloux, LSU|
|2008||Florida 31, Alabama 20||75,892||Tim Tebow, Florida|
|2009||Alabama 32, Florida 13||75,514||Greg McElroy, Alabama|
|2010||Auburn 56, South Carolina 17||75,802||Cam Newton, Auburn|
|2011||LSU 42, Georgia 10||75,515||Tyrann Mathieu, LSU|
|2012||Alabama 32, Georgia 28||75,624||Eddie Lacy, Alabama|
|2013||Auburn 59, Missouri 42||75,632||Tre Mason, Auburn|
|2014||Alabama 42, Missouri 13||73,526||Blake Sims, Alabama|
|2015||Alabama 29, Florida 15||75,320||Derrick Henry, Alabama|
|2016||Alabama 54, Florida 16||74,632||Reuben Foster, Alabama|