College Football Playoff Execs At Final Four In Dallas Studying AT&T Stadium Logistics
College Football Playoff Exec Dir Bill Hancock and "many of the organization's staff members have spent the past few days looking at everything from the fan events in Dallas and Fort Worth to the traffic flow in anticipation of next year's national championship game" at AT&T Stadium, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN DALLAS. Populous handled logistics for the Final Four, and Hancock said that the company "will do the same" for the CFP. Populous "recommended how the space is used, like a storage area for the pep bands and the location of the media work room." Hancock and his team are "taking notes, expecting even bigger crowds and media for its game, which is less than a year away" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 4/5). CBSSPORTS.com's Dennis Dodd wrote the Final Four and CFP are "a bit of oranges and apples comparison." Dodd: "Is the Final Four going to be trumped by the Football Four?" The major conference commissioners "wanted to make a statement when they put that first championship game" at AT&T Stadium. If "football is king in Texas, a new age should start in the Lone Star State." Michigan State AD Mark Hollis said, "It's going to be on this (Final Four) scale. ... The magnitude of that game is going to be off the charts" (CBSSPORTS.com, 4/4).
ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Hancock said of whether a proposed $350M renovation to Sun Life Stadium would help future Miami bids, "All bids are different. You don’t know who they’re going to be competing against next time. Any improvement to any stadium certainly can’t hurt. But we haven’t had any issues with the stadium.” He added of the venue being passed over for the '17 title game, "There's a misconception that somehow the stadium was a factor, and it wasn't." Hancock: "Miami's was a great bid but it just fell a little short of the other two" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/5).