Tampa to host College Football Playoff championship game in 2017
Glendale, Ariz., will host the College Football Playoff championship game in 2016 and Tampa will be the site of the 2017 title game.
The College Football Playoff has announced the sites of the second and third championship games in the new postseason system that goes into effect next season. The championship game for the 2014 season will played Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
"The BCS championship has been the second most-watched annual sports event in the United States, trailing only the Super Bowl, and the playoff game will rise to a new level," Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, said in a press release about the announcement.
Glendale is home of the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Fiesta Bowl is also part of the six-bowl semifinal rotation, but it won't host a semifinal until the 2016 season.
Tampa and Raymond James Stadium home of the Buccaneers, was a finalist to host the first championship game. Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls -- most recently in 2009 -- and also hosts the Outback Bowl every year at the Buccaneers' home field, Raymond James Stadium.
"Tampa Bay is a terrific destination with a beautiful stadium and a community that is committed to hosting big events in a gracious and thorough manner. We are very happy with the facilities, the creative proposal and the commitment of support from community leaders," Hancock added.
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