It appears that the newly-minted playoff has its first national championship site.
According to ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas is a ‘virtual lock’ to play host to college football’s first national championship game under the new postseason format in 2015.
With Wednesday set as the deadline to submit bids to host the title game, sources confirmed to McMurphy that Arlington, Texas and Tampa Bay were the only sites to submit applications to host the event.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been a major player when it comes to trying to secure an opportunity to host the national championship game. Cowboys Stadium has hosted a variety of college football games including the Cowboys Classic game during the opening weekend of play as well as the Cotton Bowl. The 80,000-seat facility is considered state-of-the-art with the fourth largest high-definition video screen overhead and the ability to host a variety of sporting events.
Tampa Bay has Raymond James Stadium, which is the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has played host to several Super Bowls and the Outback Bowl. It is also where USF plays all of its home football games.
BCS officials are suppose to make a decision on the site in late April.
Several sites were thought to be interested in hosting the game including the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as well as Orlando’s Citrus Bowl.
Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports, told the Orlando Sentinel in January that Orlando would be a major player in trying to host a national championship game sometime in the future.
“We are staking a claim as we speak,” Hogan said before the start of the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1. “You can broadcast it across America: Orlando is going to host a national championship.”
The 77-year-old Citrus Bowl will be going through a proposed $180-million renovation starting in 2014 that includes upgrades to the bowl seats, concession stands, restrooms and suites that could make the aging stadium more attractive to hosting a future national championship game.
Under the new four-team playoff postseason model, sites will bid for the rights to host the national championship game similar to the way sites bid for the rights to host the Super Bowl.
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