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Dallas to host championship; Chick-fil-A, Cotton, Fiesta part of semifinal rotation

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One of the worst-kept secrets in college football is official and the sites for College Football Playoff have been set. And there were absolutely no surprises.

Following up on reports from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and the Associated Press from the past day, Cowboys Stadium will host the first College Football Championship Game in 2015. The Arlington site reportedly beat out a strong bid from Tampa for the right to host the first title game in the new postseason format.

Future CFP executive director Bill Hancock made the announcement on Wednesday during this week’s playoff meetings.

Additionally, the Chick-fil-A Bowl — which will apparently change its name back to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl — Cotton Bowl and Fiesta Bowl will fill out the remaining three semifinal rotation sites, joining the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl. The rotation for the semifinal sites over the 12-year contract are as follows (teams participating in non-semi bowls will be selected with an emphasis on geography):

  • Rose and Sugar bowls: Jan. 1, 2015; Jan. 1, 2018; Jan. 1, 2021; and Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Orange and Cotton bowls: Dec. 31, 2015; Dec. 31, 2018; Dec. 31, 2021; and Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Fiesta and Chick-fil-A bowls: Dec. 31, 2016; Dec. 31, 2019; Dec. 31, 2022; and Dec. 31, 2025.

The Holiday Bowl in San Diego also bid for a chance to act a semifinal site. The next two championship game sites, which follow the 2015 and ’16 seasons, will be revealed this September.

A few other details from Wednesday’s announcement:

— As expected, teams occupying the top two seeds in the playoff will not be placed at a homefield disadvantage. For instance, if Oregon is a No. 2 seed, it would not have to travel to the Sugar Bowl over the Rose Bowl, or the Chick-fil-A over Fiesta, etc.

— Non-semifinal “BCS” games will have a ticket allotment of 12,500 instead of 17,500. Students will also receive tickets for the championship game at a discounted rate.

— The city hosting the championship game will not receive any direct revenue from the games; all of it will to go to the conferences.

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15 Responses to “Dallas to host championship; Chick-fil-A, Cotton, Fiesta part of semifinal rotation”
  1. southernpatriots says: Apr 24, 2013 8:34 PM

    This is not a revelation, as Ben stated, but I am glad this step is just about complete.

    My interest is in the criteria and who will judge the football teams as they related to said criteria. I hope there will be an expansion of teams in the playoffs after the first few years, as too many good teams will likely be excluded.

    I am glad to see this finally taking shape, something I began to think would not ever happen in my remaining lifetime.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Apr 24, 2013 8:40 PM

    Can’t wait for the bickering to start on who’s in and who is 5th. NO BOWL FOR YOU! More drama means higher ratings.

  3. lamontjoe says: Apr 24, 2013 9:46 PM

    I hope they don’t let Jerry Jones double dip with the championship game and the Cotton Bowl. I say move the Cotton Bowl back to its original site, he doesn’t need anymore $. I hope they make him upgrade the Cotton Bowl if he wants the Cotton Bowl involved.

  4. houstonsimpleton says: Apr 24, 2013 10:02 PM

    What, no PC hate in this post toward Chick-Fil-A? What’s the matter with you?

    What, no low ill-will PFT hate for Arlington TX in this post, from Big Dawg Brother Florio and his influence on this site? Not even to suck up to him? What’s the matter with you?

  5. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 24, 2013 10:05 PM

    I don’t know who forgot to hug houstonsimpleton, but I’ll gladly volunteer.

  6. ndnut says: Apr 24, 2013 11:13 PM


  7. rohlo says: Apr 25, 2013 4:23 AM

    lets see here…the chick-fil-a peach bowl is hosting a semi game,but it isnt good enough for the nfl to hold a superbowl.. peach bowl is kind of a surprise for me… regardless of stadium situation i would rather go vacation in sunnny san diego in the winter than atlanta georgia….hell i would rather go to houston and watch a game at reliant stadium than the dump called the georgia dome!

  8. queenlivekillers says: Apr 25, 2013 7:16 AM

    No revenue for the host city? Why the jockeying for these games then?

  9. gorilladunk says: Apr 25, 2013 8:07 AM

    @queen live….the revenue for the host city is generated by hotel taxes, sales tax revenue and the like that these games produce. And that amount will be enormous.
    @lamontjoe…okay, you’re bitter toward Jerry Jones. We get it. Otherwise, you’re post is moronic.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 25, 2013 8:31 AM

    gorilladunk: Great post…and funny!

    You are so right about the revenues. Though it is like comparing a cantaloupe to a large watermelon…New Orleans hosted the Super Bowl. Their revenue from your aforementioned hotel taxes, sales taxes, restaurant sales, parking fees (including taxes), taxis (including special events and regular taxes), etc. added up to over $600 MILLION just for the city government!

    New Orleans recently scheduled one of the WWE Events which they estimate will bring them almost $200 million. And with Mardi Gras($400 M), Men’s college basketball–March Madness, women’s basketball championship, Sugar Bowl, and many other special events the city is washing in money, yet having to struggle to make budget? hmm.

  11. scoocha says: Apr 25, 2013 12:11 PM

    I’m pretty excited for this. For one thing, it makes New Year’s Eve relevant for me again.

  12. floridacock says: Apr 25, 2013 1:33 PM

    Looking forward to getting this first Championship bowl over so Jerry and Dallas can screw up another big winter game and maybe we can move on to some sunny, nice winter place like Tampa, Miami or San Diego.

  13. raysfan1 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:51 PM

    Question about the “no home field disadvantage” angle: what if the top 2 seeds are from the same region? If, say, Alabama and Florida State end up 1-2, do they play each other in the Peach Bowl, and 3-4 square off in the Fiesta? If I were seeded at #2, I think I might prefer to head west.

  14. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 25, 2013 3:09 PM

    Question about the “no home field disadvantage” angle: what if the top 2 seeds are from the same region? If, say, Alabama and Florida State end up 1-2, do they play each other in the Peach Bowl, and 3-4 square off in the Fiesta? If I were seeded at #2, I think I might prefer to head west.


    Good question. Preference would then go to the higher of the seeds (in your example, Alabama). The no home field disadvantage rule is, as Geoffrey Rush in “Pirates of the Caribbean” would say, really more like a guideline. But 1 and 2 seeds will not play each other, just as 3 and 4 seeds will not play each other; it will always be 1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3.

  15. raysfan1 says: Apr 25, 2013 4:46 PM

    Ok, that makes sense. Thanks!

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