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Detroit adds its name to the championship site conversation

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Unofficially, anyway.

For one, the BCS committee hasn’t decided where the three playoff games will be held, although there is reportedly a strong (and smart) lean to bid out the championship to a neutral site. Secondly, the actual interest was shown by Detroit-area businessmen, including Roger Penske (yes, auto racing’s Roger Penske).

“Things that are important and exciting in sports are things we need to do and we need to bring to our city,” Penske told the Detroit News. “There are a lot of people who have momentum and want to be able to extend some of the good things that are happening in our city. And sports are obviously a great platform.”

The host, obviously, would be Ford Field, which already has the Final Four, college hockey’s Frozen Four and the Super Bowl on its resume. Seeing as a neutral site championship game has already drawn comparisons to a “Super Bowl-like” event, that would be the closest comparison you could draw.

“If we can host the Super Bowl, we can host this event,” Little Caesars Pizza Bowl co-founder Ken Hoffman said of Ford Field. “Everybody knows Ford Field is one of the finest facilities in the country… We understand the attraction of southern warm-weather bowls, but people also need to understand the value that other states have.”

That’s all well and good for spinning your city, but if Detroit is going to host a college football championship — that is to say if it’s actually bid out and not played within the bowl system — it’s going to have to fork over the cash. The highest bidder, not the destination itself, is going to determine where college football’s championship is played.

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10 Responses to “Detroit adds its name to the championship site conversation”
  1. bertenheim says: Jun 4, 2012 9:04 PM

    I guess they need the business. Anyway it would drive kozbee nuts.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Jun 4, 2012 9:13 PM

    Detroit? For a college championship game? No thanks. Just stick to the MAC Who Cares Bowl.

  3. 69jaredallen69 says: Jun 4, 2012 9:53 PM

    People don’t want to live in Detroit let alone visit there….hmmm Florida, Arizona or California for a bowl game or Detroit in the middle of winter

  4. howardforvezina says: Jun 4, 2012 11:22 PM

    Who wants to live in Minneapolis?

  5. polegojim says: Jun 4, 2012 11:42 PM

    You jokers obviously don’t have a clue.

    Detroit was an AWESOME and successful venue for the Super Bowl.

    Go back to sleep children and let the adults discuss.

    GO LIONS!

  6. takingbovadasmoney says: Jun 5, 2012 7:21 AM

    I went to Detroit expecting it to be the worst Super Bowl experience I have had. It may have been the best. Fun place. Would be a good site for the game.

  7. kozbee says: Jun 5, 2012 12:49 PM

    I been to Detroit a few times and don`t get me wrong im from the south but i love ice fishin also just the snow i dislike.Hey imo Detroit would be a good place for a BCS game and Detroit like a few other citys like in the south can use the money to rebuild.I perfer the warmer weather but hey if the game goes to Detroit maybe the Lions can get tickets and get to go see how the SEC plays a better game then their Pro team lol.Last time i was there a couple years ago a great place to eat is greek town,awesome foods.

  8. cubano76 says: Jun 5, 2012 4:57 PM

    Instead of a dog chasing a Frisbee, can we have Jim Schwartz running around that field at halftime? That would be sweet!

  9. emperorzero says: Jun 5, 2012 7:34 PM

    If Indianapolis and Detroit can host the Super Bowl they are certainly capable of hosting a college football championship game. As the article said, it’s about the money. Detroit is an awesome city (especially to visit) and it’s not like people are going to end up on 8-Mile or Cass Corridor (unless they are morons and in that case, it’s natural selection). Detroit is also far enough south to have mild winters at least in relation to the Upper Peninsula.

  10. jlc676 says: Jun 10, 2012 5:07 PM

    I agree completely! Detroit would be a great host city for the BCS title game. Look how well the last Super Bowl in Detroit went. The Mid-West is a great place, even in the winter.

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