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Pioneer Bowl to return to Charlotte in 2006

May 3, 2006

The CIAA and SIAC have announced that Pioneer Bowl IX will return to Charlotte in 2006. The nation's only post-season bowl game featuring HBCUs will be played Saturday December 2 at 1:00pm in American Legion Memorial Stadium.

Citing the success of last year’s event in Charlotte, its first in a CIAA city, along with the unprecedented success of the CIAA Basketball Tournament, conference officials decided to keep the game in the Queen City.

“We’re excited about the Pioneer Bowl remaining in Charlotte,” said CIAA Commissioner, Leon G. Kerry. “Obviously, after the success of the 2006 Tournament, we believe that Charlotte is an excellent place for us to bring more college sporting events.”

SIAC Commissioner, Dr. William E. Lide agreed. “We are very pleased to be back in Charlotte," he said. The city of Charlotte showed tremendous support of our efforts in this past year’s Pioneer Bowl. Charlotte, is a city that is very enthusiastic about sports and we are sure that Pioneer Bowl IX will be one to remember.”

One of the enhanced features of Pioneer Bowl IX is the “CIAA vs. SIAC Battle of the Bands.” This year’s competition will be held pre-game on December 2 at Memorial Stadium. The twist to this year’s event allows fans to visit www.PioneerBowl.com , beginning August 26th to place their vote weekly, for their favorite CIAA or SIAC marching band. At the end of the season, the top two bands with the most votes from the two respective conferences will receive an invitation to compete in the Battle of the Bands. The winner and runner-up will receive a monetary reward.

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