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Orlando's College Football Title Game Hopes Hinge On Citrus Bowl Renovations

Orlando is "still in the mix to potentially host" the College Football Playoff championship game, but the city's bid "hinges on successful renovation of the Citrus Bowl," according to Matt Murschel of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. With the stadium set to undergo a $200M renovation, the chances of a title game "appear more likely once construction is completed" sometime in '15. The "earliest Orlando might be able to host" a championship game would be '17. CFP COO Michael Kelly yesterday said, "There is a better comfort level for a facility that is finished. Rest assured, we've had a lot of discussions with the Orlando people and know they are very interested in having a game here." Meanwhile, Kelly said that Tampa still is a "viable option in the future." Additionally, he said that there will be a "reduction in tickets schools that play in host bowls are required to purchase." The mandatory ticket obligation will "go from 17,500 to 12,500." Kelly also revealed that the new semifinal games will be "called the College Football Playoff at the Sugar Bowl and the College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl." Kelly said of the impending creation of a selection committee, "If they can get it done by fall they would be very pleased by it" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 6/13).
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