SEC championship

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron runs for yardage during the 2012 SEC championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs.

ATLANTA — The Southeastern Conference football championship game is staying in Atlanta for at least a dozen more years.

The league announced a new 10-year agreement on Tuesday to play the game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a $1.4 billion retractable-roof facility under construction next door to the Georgia Dome. The new stadium is to open in 2017.

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