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Report: Pac-12 might move title game to Niners’ new stadium

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Since its inception in 2011, the Pac-12’s football championship game has been played at the home stadium of the team with the best overall conference record.

Going forward, that model could very well be sent to the scrap heap.

Conference commissioner Larry Scott confirmed to Tuesday that discussions have been held that could result in the title game being moved to Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, in Santa Clara, Calif.  If an agreement can be reached, the 2014 championship game, scheduled for Dec. 5, would be played at the stadium in the Bay Area.

Such a move would put the Pac-12 in line with other power conferences such as SEC (Atlanta), Big Ten (Indianapolis) and ACC (Charlotte), which hold their football title game in the same city year after year.

Concern over attendance at the first three title games — Oregon, Stanford and Arizona State — has prompted the talks to move the game to a permanent site. writes that “[c]onference leaders see multiple positives in moving the game to the Bay Area, including the fact that Pac-12 schools all have strong alumni bases nearby. They also see the modern new stadium, replete with technological bells and whistles such as luxury suites and wireless Internet, as an added bonus.”

There’s also attendance concerns for a neutral site location, although not enough of one to keep the move from happening.

Levi’s Stadium, which opens in August of this year, will host two college football games in its inaugural season: Oregon-Cal on Oct. 24 and the late-December Fight Hunger Bowl. In addition to the Santa Clara facility, Las Vegas — the conference holds its basketball tournament there — as well as Phoenix and Seattle were considerations.

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4 Responses to “Report: Pac-12 might move title game to Niners’ new stadium”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: May 6, 2014 2:56 PM

    I hate that conferences constantly hold their CCG in the same place. In the old BigXII the CCG would rotate to different non college stadiums within the conference footprint. That way one team doesn’t get a perpetual advantage. (See University of Georgia)

    NFL Stadiums in PAC12 footprint
    CenturyLink – Seattle
    Levi Stadium – Santa Clara Coliseum – Oakland
    Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego
    Invesco Field – Denver
    University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale
    Farmers Stadium – Los Angeles (maybe)

    Constantly putting the game in Santa Clara which is 14 miles from Palo Alto gives Stanford a perpetual advantage. Win the north and you get to play the CCG essentially at home.

  2. robconstant says: May 6, 2014 3:59 PM

    Having it in Santa Clara would make the most sense. Vegas doesn’t have a big enough stadium and the Bay Area is closest to a middle ground as the footprint can get.

  3. bmceh says: May 6, 2014 5:51 PM

    Maybe not a big deal since Cal & Stanford don’t draw big crowds at their own venues – and shame on you, Tree fans. I understand why Cal fans don’t show up, but the Tree has a good product.

    Regardless, I believe the title game should be played on the highest seed’s home turf. Reward the top team just as you would in the NFL.

  4. Professor Fate says: May 6, 2014 9:51 PM

    All of three title games is a pretty small sample size. Basically if you win your division, and you aren’t Stanford or Cal, your reward is an away game. Pffft.

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