The SEC Football Championship Game will be held in Atlanta through the 2026 season, the conference officially announced today.
The game will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium that is slated to open in 2017.
“Atlanta has served as an outstanding host for the SEC Football Championship Game for more than two decades and has been the perfect venue for one of the premier events in college sports,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We look forward to continuing a very positive relationship with Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Georgia World Congress Center as the home of our football championship.”
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be the new home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and the upcoming MLS team Atlanta United FC. The stadium will seat 71,000 for football and is expandable to 83,000.
The SEC Championship Game has been held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta since 1994. The 2016 game will be the final one in that stadium.
The new contract for the SEC Championship Game is for 10 seasons, but also comes with an option to add up to two successive five-year extensions. That would keep the game in Atlanta through 2031 or 2036.