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SEC secures long-term deal to play football title game in new stadium

September 8,2015

The SEC championship football game will be staying in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday plan to announce a 10-year deal for the game to be played in the new $1.4 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will join Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, for the announcement at the College Football Hall of Fame.

The SEC championship has been played at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta since 1994, under a series of contracts generally five years or less in length.

The conference's 2015 and 2016 title games will be the last two played in the Georgia Dome. The dome will be demolished after Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens in 2017.