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Arizona, Florida to host 2016, 2017 National Championship games

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., can seat up to 78,000 fans. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., can seat up to 78,000 fans. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The College Football Playoff announced Monday that Glendale, Ariz., and Tampa, Fla., will host the college football National Championship game in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

The news was first reported by ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

The 2016 title game, which follows the 2015 season, will take place at University of Phoenix Stadium, while the 2017 title game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The first title game under the four-team playoff model will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, after the 2014 season.

In a statement, College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said the upcoming playoff will add a little something extra to its host cities.

“The Championship Game will be a significant event on the American calendar —- not only the sports calendar, but also the cultural calendar,” said Hancock. “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. Fans across the nation hope their teams will make it, and many set their travel schedules around it. It’s a real feather in the cap of the community that earns the right to host it. So congratulations to these two fine cities and thanks to all the communities that submitted bids to participate.”
Phoenix, Jacksonville, New Orleans and Tampa submitted bids in September to host the 2016 title game, while the Bay Area, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Miami and Tampa bid on the 2017 championship game.

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