CFP Unveils Host Cities For '21-24 Title Games, Including Stop In Indianapolis For First Time
The CFP yesterday announced the national championship sites for the '21-24 title games, with Indianapolis getting the '22 game, marking the "first time in the modern history of the sport its national title has been won at a location outside the South or West," according to George Schroeder of USA TODAY. Miami's Hard Rock Stadium will host the contest in '21, followed by Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium ('22), the new NFL stadium in Inglewood ('23) and Houston's NRG Stadium ('24). CFP Exec Dir Bill Hancock said, "When we were talking about sites, we kept asking ourselves, 'Why not a northern tier city? Why does college football always have to have its championship in the Sun Belt?' We're pleased with our decision to go north." He added, "We said we were gonna move the championship game around when we started the Playoff. We were serious about that and now we've done it." Schroeder notes the CFP awarded this round "without a traditional bidding process." With the goal of playing in 10 different cities in the CFP's first 10 years, the management committee chose to "identify potential cities and to negotiate with them." The process was "similar to how the first two championship sites were awarded" (USA TODAY, 11/2). In Indianapolis, Amy Bartner in a front-page piece writes hosting big events is "nothing new" for the city. Lucas Oil Stadium hosted the Super Bowl in '12 and the Final Four in '10 and '15. There are also the "hundreds of thousands who visit each May for the Indianapolis 500." Indianapolis has hosted the Big Ten Championship football game the past six seasons and "has an agreement with the conference to keep it in Indy" until '21 (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 11/2).
WELCOME TO MIAMI: In Ft. Lauderdale, Shandel Richardson writes Miami hosting the '21 title game ends "years of failing to attract a major college football event." The stadium lost bids to host the '17 and '19 national championship games, with the committee choosing Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Tampa's Raymond James Stadium instead. Hard Rock Stadium was unable to bid in '19 because it will "host one of the semifinal games that year." It previously hosted a national semifinal in '15 and the BCS title game in '12. There was "little interest in bidding for the following year’s game because Hard Rock Stadium is already the site of the Super Bowl that year." This marks the "sixth time South Florida has hosted a college football game that the winner was crowned the national champion" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 11/2).