IRVING, TEXAS – The College Football Playoff today announced that it is inviting communities to bid for the right to host the College Football Championship Games to be played on January 11, 2016 and January 9, 2017, the second and third years of the new College Football Playoff format.
The championship game will be played in a different city each year, which is a feature of the new playoff designed to expand opportunities for fans across the country to attend the game in person. The first championship game of the playoff era will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, January 12, 2015.
“College football is a national sport and we are pleased but not surprised that so many cities want to host the championship game of the new playoff, said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff. Rotating the game will bring it to fans where they live. This is a very exciting feature of the playoff, and one which we think will make this sport even more popular.”
In the spring, the College Football Playoff awarded the first championship game of the playoff era to Arlington. The bidding process for the 2016 and 2017 games will be similar and will be consistent with other major events such as the NCAA Mens Final Four. A main requirement is a stadium with capacity for at least 65,000 fans.
The deadline for cities to submit initial proposals will be September 27, 2013, with the host cities expected to be determined by the end of November.