Posted September 30, 2013

Eight cities submit bids to host 2016, ’17 College Football Playoff title games

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Tampa's Raymond James Stadium is a possible site for the 2016 or 2017 national championship game.

Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium has bid for the 2016 and ’17 title games. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Eight cities submitted formal bids to host the College Football National Championship Game in January 2016 and 2017, the College Football Playoff announced Monday. The two games would be at the end the second and third seasons of the NCAA’s new postseason format.

Bids to host the Jan. 11, 2016 title game:
Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium)
Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field)
New Orleans (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
Tampa, Fla. (Raymond James Stadium)

Bids to host the Jan. 9, 2017 title game:
Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium)
Jacksonville (EverBank Field)
Minneapolis (Vikings Stadium)
San Antonio (Alamodome)
Miami (Sun Life Stadium)
Tampa (Raymond James Stadium)

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said the number of formal bids illustrates the sport’s impact across the country.

“This shows the tremendous popularity of college football. Obviously, communities across our country want to be part of the new playoff. College football is a national sport, and rotating the game will bring it to more fans where they live. This is a compelling feature of the playoff, and one which will make this sport even more popular. We’re thrilled with the response from these fine communities and look forward to evaluating their proposals,” said Hancock.

As part of the new postseason format, the championship game will be played in a different city each year. The College Football Playoff will select the host cities later this year.

12 comments
GatorDone
GatorDone

Jacksonville might make a strong push for this with the new gigantic scoreboards (biggest of any stadium) and swimming pools going in for the 2014 season, not to mention the other upgrades they've done the last couple of years. 

crimsonmastodon
crimsonmastodon

I wonder why Atlanta didn't submit a bid?  Surely construction of the new stadium would be completed by then.

Kevin Nelson
Kevin Nelson

Who in hell wants to be in Minneapolis in January?  That would suck.

Aggie81
Aggie81

I can't believe that Jerry didn't submit a bid, after all, he got the NCAA Final Four next year.

Dawg68
Dawg68

@Aggie81 He's hosting the first one in 2015 . . . and cities that host semi-finals (Atlanta/Peach Bowl) and Dallas (Cotton Bowl) cannot host the final in the year they also host a semi-final.


skmckamey
skmckamey

@Boogieman1281 @Kevin Nelson indoor yes, but the bowl season was known for the top games in vacation like weather.  there will be more to do than watch football if you are traveling with the contingent.

Aggie81
Aggie81

@Dawg68 Thanks for the clarification...  Cause of there is money to be made using other people's (tax payers) money, you'll find Jerry at the front of the line.