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Pac-12 title game officially moving to 49ers’ new home

Levi's Stadium

Forget about it, Seattle; the Bay Area gets the first shot at the latest conference to move its flagship football game to a neutral site.

As was speculated earlier this month, the Pac-12 officially announced Thursday that its football championship game will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.  The stadium, which opens this August and will serve as the home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, will play host to the Dec. 5 game this year as well as the games in 2015 and 2016.

At the end of those three years, the conference will look to either extend its agreement with the stadium, move to another stadium in its footprint — or even rotate the games (unlikely) — or return to where the first three league championship games were played: in the home stadiums of the team with the best conference record.

For now, however, the Pac-12 will call Santa Clara home for its regular-season finale through the 2016 season.

“ac-12 football is among the deepest and best football conferences in the country,” said commissioner Larry Scott in a statement. “Our Football Championship Game is important for selecting a team for the Rose Bowl and possibly the College Football Playoff, and we are thrilled to offer student-athletes and their fans the ultimate venue to culminate a successful season.”

In addition to Santa Clara and Seattle, Las Vegas and Phoenix were mentioned as potential locations.

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5 Responses to “Pac-12 title game officially moving to 49ers’ new home”
  1. manik56 says: May 15, 2014 1:57 PM

    Will anyone go? The PAC12 seems to be full of lousy fan bases not residing in Seattle.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: May 15, 2014 3:14 PM

    Stanford and Cal fans say Thank You.

  3. Professor Fate says: May 15, 2014 8:54 PM

    manik56- Spoken as someone who either knows nothing of PAC12 football attendance or is just a Husky homer.

    2013:
    In week 1 Arizona drew 54,000. For Northern Arizona. Oregon drew 58,000. For Nicholls State. UCLA drew 60,000. For Nevada.

    In week 2 USC drew 78,000 for Washington State.

    In week 3 USC drew 62,000 for Boston College.

    I could go on (84,000 in the Rose Bowl for UCLA/Cal, 65,000 in the Coliseum for USC/Utah, 80,000 in the Rose Bowl for UCLA/Colorado, 94,000 in the Coliseum for USC/Stanford, 73,000 in Sun Devil Stadium for Arizona State/Arizona, etc.), but I wouldn’t want to disabuse you of your narrative.

    Those attendance figures might not compare to essentially college-football-only places in other conferences, but Washington certainly isn’t the only passionate fan-base in the PAC12.

    Average PAC12 attendance last year was 53,500+. UW got a nice bump of 10,000 last year over 2012, from 58,000 to 68,000, for a couple of reasons: One was the renovation of the stadium. Another was likely because there ain’t a whole lot to do in Seattle in the fall. Who knew the Seahawks would do as well as they did? With an ex-USC head coach no less. And it didn’t hurt that the current USC head coach brought UW back from football purgatory so you’d actually have something worth watching.

    Hey, at least you aren’t a conference homer, like some folks. No parochial chants of PAC12, PAC12, PAC12 around here.

  4. Professor Fate says: May 15, 2014 9:08 PM

    For every fanbase in the PAC12, other than Stanford and Cal, this is bad news. Winning your division in the conference, especially the south, means traveling north whether you have the better record or not. Larry Scott just handed the PAC12 north home-field advantage for at least the next 3 years. How many fans can afford to travel to northern California if their team is in the game? What a travesty.

  5. danoregon says: May 16, 2014 4:20 AM

    Such a bad idea, at most you’ll get one team’s fan base and the 5 p.m. local time start on a Friday will make it even less likely fans will attend, when they are probably more likely to attend a bowl trip.
    If they surpass the attendance of any of the earlier championship games, I’ll be surprised, but I figure the suits in the luxury suites won’t care.

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