Eight cities submitted formal bids to host the College Football National Championship Game in January 2016 and 2017, the College Football Playoff announced Monday. The two games would be at the end the second and third seasons of the NCAA's new postseason format.
Bids to host the Jan. 11, 2016 title game:
Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium)
Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field)
New Orleans (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
Tampa, Fla. (Raymond James Stadium)
Bids to host the Jan. 9, 2017 title game:
Bay Area (Levi's Stadium)
Jacksonville (EverBank Field)
Minneapolis (Vikings Stadium)
San Antonio (Alamodome)
Miami (Sun Life Stadium)
Tampa (Raymond James Stadium)
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said the number of formal bids illustrates the sport's impact across the country.
"This shows the tremendous popularity of college football. Obviously, communities across our country want to be part of the new playoff. College football is a national sport, and rotating the game will bring it to more fans where they live. This is a compelling feature of the playoff, and one which will make this sport even more popular. We're thrilled with the response from these fine communities and look forward to evaluating their proposals," said Hancock.As part of the new postseason format, the championship game will be played in a different city each year. The College Football Playoff will select the host cities later this year.