Minneapolis wants to host the 2017 college football championship game. So do the San Francisco 49ers, who hope to be able to host the game in their new football stadium located in Santa Clara. The San Jose Mercury News reports the defending NFC champions are bidding on just the 2017 championship game, a year after hosting the Super Bowl, and only the 2017 game.
The details of the Bay Area bid are private but officials say they are mostly following the blueprint from their plans to host the Super Bowl. Tens of thousands of hotel rooms would be set aside, extra police officers will be brought in and special public transit and freeway plans would be set up. Convention centers and local facilities, mostly in Santa Clara and San Jose, would be set aside to host a week of events.
The site of the new championship game is up for bid on a city by city basis, as opposed to having the BCS bowl games serve as the host for a championship game on a rotating basis. The process is modeled similarly to the bidding process for the NFL’s Super Bowl, and the College Football Playoff committee will be looking for many of the same qualities for any city vying to host their new championship game. That includes a stadium with at least 65,000 seats, a number that will easily be met by the new home of the 49ers.
Other cities interested in hosting future college football championship games include Miami, New Orleans and Atlanta.