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MEAC/SWAC Challenge offers fans special discounted Disney ticket packages

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The MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney, held annually on Labor Day weekend in Orlando, Florida, is offering football fans the opportunity to purchase specially priced ticket packages – including admission to Walt Disney World Theme Parks – for the 2015 MEAC/SWAC Challenge. Now in its eleventh year, the game, which will feature the South Carolina State University Bulldogs of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 6, at the newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl and will be televised live on ESPN.

The family-friendly game is a weekend-long affair in Orlando, Florida, the world’s premier destination for fun, centered at Orlando Citrus Bowl and the Walt Disney World Resort, where the teams and their fans enjoy the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks. In the days leading up to the game, Walt Disney World Resort will host the annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legends Reception at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, as well as a band showcase at the Magic Kingdom® Park. Game-day festivities at the Orlando Citrus Bowl include the Great Heart & Soul Tailgate, an alumni meet-up and a pep rally including the bands and cheerleaders.

On Fan Day, students, alumni, family and fans should plan to arrive by 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom® Park, for the band showcase that will feature South Carolina State’s Marching 101 and UAPB’s Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South, affectionately nicknamed M4. Part of the Magic Kingdom’s daily Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3 p.m., the event also will feature the cheer and dance teams from both universities. To join the fun at the Magic Kingdom, theme park admission is required. Single-park tickets, which allow entrance after 2 p.m., are available at $79 each (limit, 4), along with Walt Disney World Park Hopper passes, which allow access to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, for $129 (limit, 6). MEAC/SWAC Challenge fans who want to attend both the game and events at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks will be offered the following special pricing:

Packages include:

  • General, $100: Magic Kingdom one-day ticket; general admission to MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney; souvenir Fan Day shirt
  • Premium, $110: Magic Kingdom one-day ticket; reserved seating at MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney; souvenir Fan Day shirt
  • All-Access, $150: Disney Park Hopper ticket; general admission to MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney, souvenir Fan Day shirt
  • Ultimate, $160: Disney Park Hopper ticket; reserved seating at MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney; souvenir Fan Day shirt

Also, fans can mingle at the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legends Reception with notable names from HBCUs across the country who will be honored with MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legends Award. This year’s inductees include Pittsburgh Steelers greats L.C. Greenwood (honored posthumously) and Donnie Shell; Washington Redskins standout Monte Coleman; and College Football Hall of Fame coach Willie Jeffries. Set for 6 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 5, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, a limited number of tickets are available to the public for $35 each.

These special ticket packages for the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney can be purchased via this link. Packages, including a souvenir Fan Day T-shirt, will be available for pickup Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Central Registration desk in the Convention Center at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, 1000 W. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830.

For travel packages that include resort accommodations, game tickets, theme park tickets and much more, visit AnthonyTravel.com/MEACSWAC or call 888-632-6951. Game tickets are also available through Ticketmaster online, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN. For more information, please visit meacswacchallenge.com.


ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 13 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
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