BAY AREA - Levi’s® Stadium was selected today as the host venue for the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship to be played on Monday, January 7, 2019. The announcement by the College Football Playoff (CFP) management committee was made from the Big Ten Conference Office in Chicago and included the selection of Atlanta as the 2018 host and New Orleans at the 2020 host.
The CFP management committee made the decision this morning, culminating a 10-month bid process. The Bay Area was among nine communities involved in the bid process, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, Minnesota, New Orleans, San Antonio and South Florida.
“We couldn’t be more proud for Levi’s Stadium to be selected as the host of the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2019, especially considering the outstanding competition we faced from the eight other host communities,” said 49ers COO Al Guido. “When the plans were designed and developed for Levi’s Stadium, hosting large-scale events of national and international significance like the CFP were a central strategy so today’s announcement is incredibly meaningful to us. We are extremely humbled to add the CFP National Championship to our roster of high-profile sporting events that already includes last year’s NHL Stadium Series, WrestleMania 31 and this February’s Super Bowl 50.
“Key to this announcement is the economic impact the CFP will bring to the Bay Area, especially to the City of Santa Clara and the City of San Jose. We couldn’t have secured this bid without the support of Mayor Matthews and Mayor Liccardo and the help of their respective teams in Santa Clara and San Jose. Coincidentally, WWE just announced earlier today that WrestleMania generated $139 million in economic impact for the Bay Area last March and we would expect the CFP National Championship to approach that kind of impact for the region.”
In just its first year, Levi’s® Stadium welcomed more than two million visitors through its doors, counting all events and attractions housed within the venue. Levi’s® Stadium hosted more than 20 major events during its inaugural year and is preparing to host Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, in its second year of operations as the premiere outdoor destination for sports and entertainment in North America.
“Securing the College Football Playoff National Championship is a huge win for Levi’s Stadium and for the City of Santa Clara,” said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews. “Santa Clara is developing a reputation for hosting incredible large-scale events at Levi’s Stadium and we can’t wait to welcome the college football world to enjoy everything that Santa Clara has to offer.”
“We are thrilled that the College Football Playoff has chosen to bring the pinnacle event in college sports to Silicon Valley,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “There is no better place in the country to host premier sports events like the College Football Playoff championship game. We look forward to welcoming college football fans to enjoy San Jose’s first-class hotels, restaurants and amenities, and enjoy the wide array of events we’ll be hosting throughout the city.”
Levi’s® Stadium will host the fifth national championship game of the College Football Playoff era. Glendale (Ariz.) will host the second game on January 11, 2016, Tampa (Fla.) will host the third game on January 9, 2017, Atlanta will host the fourth game on January 18, 2018, and New Orleans will host the sixth game on January 13, 2020. The first game was played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington (Tex.) on January 12, 2015.
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