Washington Convention and Sports Authority Teams With Marriott International

The Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA) today announced a partnership with Marriott International to serve as the “Official Lodging Partner” for the Nation’s Football Classic™. Participating hotels include the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown, JW Marriott Washington, DC, Courtyard US Capitol, Courtyard Embassy Row, Washington Marriott at Metro Center and The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

The inaugural Nation’s Football Classic™ kicks off with Howard University and Morehouse College renewing their historic rivalry on September 10, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium.

“We are pleased to have Marriott join our team as a partner for the Nation’s Football Classic™,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of the WCSA Sports, Entertainment and Special Events Division. “In addition to securing a hospitality partner known for its premier facilities and stellar service, we can offer fans and visitors the best rates for an impressive portfolio of properties around the city.”

“Marriott is proud to be associated with the inaugural game of the Nation’s Football Classic™, and we look forward to working with the Washington Convention and Sports Authority on this great event,” said Sami Abuzeid, area vice president, Americas-Eastern Region, Marriott International.

As part of the partnership agreement, Morehouse College, officials, sponsors and special guests will be housed at Marriott properties. The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown will serve as the headquarters hotel and host the official Welcome Dinner, President’s Reception and Alumni Networking events. The Washington Marriott at Metro Center will serve as the team hotel.

The Nation’s Football Classic™ and Marriott are offering special discount rates for visitors, alumni and fans attending the Classic. Each hotel has a limited room block so attendees are encouraged to make reservations early to ensure they receive the Nation’s Football Classic™ rate. To make reservations or for more information, please visit www.nationsfootballclassic.com.