Press Release

Eight Communities Submit Bids to Host College Football National Championship Game in 2016 and 2017

IRVING, TEXAS – The College Football Playoff today announced that eight communities or regions have submitted formal bids to host the College Football National Championship Game January 11, 2016 or January 9, 2017, the second and third years of the new playoff. Four communities bid for the 2016 game and six communities bid for the 2017 game. Two communities bid for both years.

The communities that submitted bids to host the 2016 championship game are as follows (communities listed alphabetically with stadium names):

  • Arizona (University of Phoenix Stadium)
  • Jacksonville (EverBank Field)
  • New Orleans (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
  • Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium)

The communities that submitted bids to host the 2017 championship game are as follows (communities listed alphabetically with stadium names):

  • Bay Area (Levis Stadium)
  • Jacksonville (EverBank Field)
  • Minneapolis (Vikings Stadium)
  • San Antonio (Alamodome)
  • South Florida (Sun Life Stadium)
  • Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium)

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.

“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. Were thrilled with the response from these fine communities and look forward to evaluating their proposals,” said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff.

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 Men’s Final Four. A main requirement is a stadium with capacity for at least 65,000 fans.

The host communities selected by the College Football Playoff are expected to be announced later this year.

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About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff will begin with the 2014-15 season. The semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 will face No. 3 in semifinal games that will rotate annually among the Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The first semifinals will be January 1, 2015, at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The first national championship game will be January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.