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Atlanta interested in hosting Big 12-SEC bowl

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Just a few days after the announcement of the Big 12-SEC bowl game, one site is already publicly expressing interest in playing host.

Speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan said he would consider bidding for the game.

“If we have the opportunity, we definitely would be interested in bidding, just as we would be very interested in bidding for the national championship game if it is decided to bid that out,” Stokan said.

Atlanta, Dallas and New Orleans are some of the cities already connected as possible host sites for the game. And therein lies the biggest benefit of the agreement: the conferences, not the bowls, dictate the terms of the event.

Though the site of the game is to be bid out, one would have to think the leagues would still have some say in the matter; I can’t imagine the Big 12 would agree to allow the bowl to be in Atlanta, at least not every year.

Maybe then scouts from each conference can go to bowl sites and get wined and dined for a weekend instead of the other way around.

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18 Responses to “Atlanta interested in hosting Big 12-SEC bowl”
  1. indywvu says: May 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    Of course Atlanta wants it. Can’t actually have an SEC school playing outside the southeast!

  2. linedrivehit says: May 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    Hey infywvu,
    Your SEC-envy is amusing!

  3. mountaineer50415 says: May 21, 2012 1:57 PM

    Hey WV is not exactly next door to any of these locations, however, as a mountaineer, I am ok with Dallas, Atlanta and New Orleans. Why not Atlanta one year, Dallas the next, then New Orleans the next, then maybe the Syracuse dome the next. Who ever pays the best. Lets just play the game. Can’t wait for the games to begin.

  4. dawgs105 says: May 21, 2012 2:05 PM

    Geographically New Orleans makes the most sense. However, as a UGA fan I wouldn’t mind seeing it come to Atlanta.

  5. wvuandsteelers says: May 21, 2012 2:14 PM

    Since I live in Atlanta, I would obviously want it here. However, I agree with mountaineer50415 to rotate it among those 3 cities. Maybe the 2 cities not hosting the bowl get the league championship game (assuming the Big 12 gets to 12 or more teams). Option B is those 3 rotate and you farm out the league championship game to other cities (Kansas City, Houston for Big 12; and Jacksonville and Tampa for SEC).

  6. drummerhoff says: May 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    The LA Coliseum ought to bid just to f’ with the Rose Bowl!

  7. bertenheim says: May 21, 2012 2:55 PM

    Rotate between Atlanta and New Orleans. Keep Jerry out of it until he proves he can handle a Super Bowl.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: May 21, 2012 4:16 PM

    Ask the players from the Big 12 where they would like to go? New Orleans will win hands down. They hosted numerous Super Bowls, BCS Bowls and Championship, Final 4 and just about every sports and non-sports event. With the weather advantage that time of the year as well, and need I mention the food, well, it should be New Orleans.

  9. halbert53 says: May 21, 2012 5:47 PM

    First of all, the actual SEC champion and Big 12 champion typically will be in playoffs, so most years the conference runner up would be playing. The first one I would choose Jerry’s World as payback to the Sugar Bowl, keeping in mind Atlanta hosts SEC championship game. I liked when LSU played Oregon at Jerry’s World. Georgia Dome, Superdome, Jerry’s World, even RCA Dome (Colts fans would be hungry for good fb) would be good sites. Bid it out, but make positive free admission for the bands, cheerleaders, dance teams, etc.

  10. missouriman4ever says: May 21, 2012 6:12 PM

    How about st louis? Smack dab in the middle of the big 12 and SEC. Its a dome environment, Arguably the best midwestern city this country has to offer, and both Conferences would have to travel to get there. The idea of a big 12 team playing in Atlanta is uninteresting. SEC teams wpuld win every time. Dallas would provide UT and OU with home field advantage. New Orleans would be ok but its also right in the middle of SEC country. Try St Louis. It couldn’t hurt.

  11. Deb says: May 21, 2012 8:15 PM

    @indywvu …

    I understand your city did an exceptional job hosting the Super Bowl. Perhaps Lucas Oil Stadium would be an acceptable venue for you. How’s the weather under that retractable roof?

    They should either alternate between Big 12 and SEC locations such as Dallas and Atlanta or New Orleans, or choose a neutral venue.

  12. TxGrown says: May 21, 2012 8:45 PM

    I would include Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
    A very nice venue and great for tailgating too.

  13. kcrobert10 says: May 21, 2012 9:44 PM

    Um I’m going to go out of the box here and recommend arrowhead. Kc is a much better venue than st louis. Stadium is better downtown is better and more important atmosphere is better. Everytime the big 12 had a football or basketball game here there fans rave about there time here in kc. Plus this is the home of the best Bbq and tailgating in the whole world. So what if it gets a little cold and snowy in Dec and Jan its football its ment to be played in the snow. Can’t wait for the 1st time those boys from the sec get those surprise Missouri snow storms in Nov when they play at the zou that will be awesome.

  14. Deb says: May 21, 2012 10:03 PM

    @TxGrown …

    That’s a great suggestion!! They could alternate between Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Atlanta. That’s four great venues, two in both conference regions. I like missouriman4ever’s St. Louis suggestion, too. All of those are great cities.

  15. Deb says: May 21, 2012 10:08 PM

    @kcroberto10 …

    Hey, I’m a Southern girl and survived Missouri weather. First time I ever saw snow it was more than a foot and my car kept sliding backward down the hill as I tried to drive to my lil off-campus apartment LOL

  16. kcrobert10 says: May 21, 2012 10:52 PM

    Oh Deb my dear its not a matter of surviving it but still being able to run and throw the ball with a foot or more on the ground. Anyway just think it would be intresting to see a gator, an elephant, and a bayou bengel playing with snow on the ground. Also can’t wait for these boys to see mizzou arena for basketball. I know they have rupp and vandys got good atmosphere but the tigers are near unbeatable there just ask Kansas…

  17. Deb says: May 21, 2012 11:38 PM

    @kcrobert10 …

    Those elephants, gators, and bayou bengals do pretty well on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, in the ice and mud of Heinz Field, and in the snows of Denver and Foxboro. I think they’ll manage–especially since they’ll be finished by Thanksgiving 😉

    Now basketball … I know that’s always been a strength for Missouri. But I’m a one-sport girl :)

  18. rollteal says: May 22, 2012 12:40 PM

    If StL gets their Dome refit like the Rams have on their christmas wish list then St Louis would be ideal ! Former Big 12 location new to the SEC so more Neutralish … Until then I would have to say the Cotton Bowl ( Jerry’s World) if they understand how to run this type of events.

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