Minnesota to bid for national championship at new Vikings stadium

Tuesday May 5th, 2015

Minnesota will bid to host the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, governor Mark Dayton will announce at a press conference Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. 

The playoff committee is currently accepting bids to host the 2018, 2019 and 2020 games. Minnesota would be unable to host in 2018 because it has already been awarded that year's Super Bowl.

The game would be hosted at the new stadium in downtown Minneapolis that is being built for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. The stadium, which will cost more than $1 billion to build, is expected to be open in 2016. It will have a permanent capacity of 65,000, with the ability to expand to 72,000 seats. Construction began in December 2013 on the site of the old Metrodome. 

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The championship game will be played in Glendale, Ariz., in 2016 and Tampa, Fla., in 2017. The semifinals will rotate between the "New Year's Six" bowl games. 

In addition to the Super Bowl in 2018, the new Minneapolis Stadium will also host the 2019 Final Four. 

- Dan Gartland

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