Cities make pitch for title games
Four cities have bid on the 2016 College Football Playoff championship and six cities will pursue the 2017 title game, it was announced Monday.
Glendale, Ariz., Jacksonville, Fla., New Orleans and Tampa, Fla., are pursuing the 2016 game. Officials will choose between San Francisco, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, San Antonio, South Florida and Tampa for the 2017 title game.
The host sites are expected to be chosen by the end of the year.
While Jacksonville and Tampa have bid to host the game in both years, officials have already stated that the championship game will be played in a different city each year.
"This shows the tremendous popularity of college football," Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, said in statement Monday. "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."
The initial championship game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12, 2015.
The main requirement in the bidding, which officials said was consistent with other major events such as the Final Four, was a stadium that seats at least 65,000 fans.