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Seattle group still wants to host the Pac-12 championship game

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The budding rivalry between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL’s NFC West could boil over to the college ranks. The stakes? The Pac-12 Championship Game.

According to The Seattle Times, organizers from Seattle have made overtures to the Pac-12 to consider hosting a championship game in CenturyLink Field, home of the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, but no formal bid has been submitted for review and consideration.

“They (the Pac-12) could approach it however they want,” said Seattle Sports Commission Executive Director Ralph Morton, referring to a potential request for bids by the conference, according to The Seattle Times report. “Whether they’re approaching this from a one-time or multi-time host, we’re interested. Even if they decide (Levi’s Stadium) is where they’re going to go in 2014, we certainly look forward to the opportunity for them to consider us for the next year.”

As it was previously reported, the Pac-12 could be looking to host the football championship game in the new home of the 49ers as early as this upcoming season. The 49ers are opening brand new Levi’s Stadium this season and if an agreement can be made in time the Pac-12 will place the North and South division champions in the new stadium for the right to go to the Rose Bowl. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott confirmed the conference is discussing the possibility of going away from hosting the conference championship game on campus sites to Sports Illustrated. The Pac-12 is the only power conference currently hosting conference championship games on campus locations. The ACC (Charlotte), Big Ten (Indianapolis) and SEC (Atlanta) all host a conference championship game in an NFL stadium. The Big 12 does not host a conference championship game with only 10 members but most recently hosted a game outside of Dallas.

The Pac-12 hesitated to use a neutral site for the championship game when the conference expanded a few years ago, but now may be the right time to explore the possibility once more. It may lose something with the atmosphere, but allowing schools to prepare more for a potential game on a neutral field instead of cramming together plans in the final week or two leading up to a championship game has its advantages as well.

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8 Responses to “Seattle group still wants to host the Pac-12 championship game”
  1. thefiesty1 says: May 7, 2014 12:55 PM

    Can they guarantee NO rain? I didn’t think so.

  2. woebegong says: May 7, 2014 1:17 PM

    It could be called the PAC 12 Rain Bowl Championship. Could all of the colleges that might participate have the money to buy the coaches rain gear and waders?

  3. rolltide510 says: May 7, 2014 1:48 PM

    I’ve got an idea: When UW has the best record in the PAC 12, the conference championship game gets played in Seattle. That will probably occur sometime in our lifetimes, right?

  4. thekatman says: May 7, 2014 1:49 PM

    The Pac-12 would be foolish to host the CCG in any locale where there’s a good chance of rain. That leaves out SFO and Seattle.

    The best place is a neutral, warm weather site, where fans would want to go and spend a few extra days, where there are lots of hotels, car rentals and ease of air travel. That place is Los Angeles. Everyone would want to come to LA for an early Dec trip, go to the game, Disneyland, the beaches, Hollywood, etc. Since when has the Super Bowl been played in Seattle or SFO in recent memory?

  5. bmceh says: May 7, 2014 3:33 PM

    The LA Coliseum is a toilet bowl. Either move it to PHX or keep it at the best team’s home field.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: May 7, 2014 4:16 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Rotate the game from stadium to stadium throughout the conference footprint. That no one team gets a perpetual advantage, and every fan base gets to see the game from time to time.

    The fact that it is outside is a non issue. Every team in the Pac-12 plays outdoors. If they can’t settle their championship outdoors they should go play Arena League.

    I understand that the rain is an issue for the fans but to me that is less of an issue than the competitive balance.

    So either rotate the game or play it at the highest seed’s field.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: May 7, 2014 4:23 PM

    BTW @Katman where are you going to play it at a “neutral” site in LA… Only acceptably sized stadiums in LA that I know of are the Rose Bowl and the LA Coliseum. And obviously neither of those stadiums are neutral.

    They aren’t doing it in a baseball stadium, not enough seats. And Farmers Field or LA Stadium is not even a sure thing at this point.

    Plus seems very unfair for the north winner to have to travel that far every year.

  8. manik56 says: May 7, 2014 8:29 PM

    PAC 10 fans are the worst. It doesnt matter where they play a neutral game. It will be lucky to be half full.

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