Mpls. bids to host college football championship game

7:11 PM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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IRVING, TEXAS - The city of Minneapolis has submitted a bid for the College Football National Championship Game in 2017 at the new Vikings stadium.

College Football Playoff officials said on Monday that eight communities have submitted formal bids to host games on Jan. 11, 2016 or Jan. 9, 2017.

The 2017 game would be the third year of the new playoff format.

Four communities bid for the 2016 game:

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

And six communities bid for the 2017 game:

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

Officials said that 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.

In the spring, the College Football Playoff awarded the first championship game of the playoff era to Arlington. The game will be held at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 12, 2015.

"This shows the tremendous popularity of college football. Obviously, communities across our country want to be part of the new playoff," said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, in a news release. "College football is a national sport, and rotating the game will bring it to more fans where they live."

The bidding process 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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