Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Bill Hancock, executive director of the
College Football Playoff, announced Monday that Arizona was selected to host
the 2016 National Championship Game, while Tampa Bay was selected to host the
2017 title tilt.
The 2016 game will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium, where
the Arizona Cardinals play their home games, on Jan. 11, 2016. The Orange Bowl
and the Cotton Bowl will host the College Football Playoff semifinals that
The 2017 game will be in Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium, the Buccaneers'
home field, on Jan. 9, 2017. The Chick-fil-A Bowl and Fiesta Bowl will host
the semifinals that year.
"It was a difficult decision for the management committee, because there were
many good options, but Arizona and Tampa Bay were selected because of their
top-notch facilities and because of the thorough proposals their leaders
submitted," Hancock said. "We were impressed by all the bids and we know
communities' interest will only increase in the coming years."
The College Football Playoff will begin with the 2014-2015 season and will
feature the four top teams as selected by the College Football Playoff
The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the initial national semifinals,
while the first National Championship Game of the playoff era will be played
at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, on Jan. 12, 2015.
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