October 21, 2014

Cowboys Stadium to host first college football playoff championship

The official announcement will come later on Monday, but several news outlets are reporting that College Football Playoff will be the name of the four-team playoff, which begins after the 2014 regular season. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be awarded the first College Football Playoff’s national championship, to be held Jan. 12, 2015.  The city of Tampa also put in a bid to host the first championship game.

During the 12-year college football playoff contract, the semifinals will be at:

• Rose and Sugar bowls: Jan. 1, 2015; Jan. 1, 2018; Jan. 1, 2021; and Jan. 1, 2024.

• Orange and Cotton bowls: Jan. 1, 2016; Jan. 1, 2019; Jan. 1, 2022; and Jan. 1, 2025.

• Fiesta and Chick-fil-A bowls: Jan. 2, 2017; Jan. 1, 2020; Jan. 2, 2023; and Jan. 1, 2026.

The Holiday Bowl was the only other bowl to bid for a semifinal site.

The championship game dates (all played on Mondays) are: Jan. 12, 2015; Jan. 11, 2016; Jan. 9, 2017; Jan. 8, 2018; Jan. 7, 2019; Jan. 13, 2020; Jan. 11, 2021; Jan. 10, 2022; Jan. 9, 2023; Jan. 8, 2024; Jan. 13, 2025; and Jan. 12, 2026.