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Levi’s Stadium in running for college football championship game

The Bay Area has bid to host one of the next three college National Championship games that will be awarded.
The Bay Area has bid to host one of the next three college National Championship games that will be awarded. The Bee

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is bidding to host college football’s National Championship game in 2018, 2019 and 2020, the College Football Playoff announced Wednesday.

The inaugural championship game in January was at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. More than 85,000 attended as Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20. Another 33.4 million watched on TV.

The games are played Monday nights. The dates will be Jan. 8, 2018; Jan. 7, 2019; and Jan. 13, 2020. That could create a bit of an issue if the 49ers are hosting a playoff game the prior weekend, although that game could be played on Saturday.

The Bay Area is bidding against cities in college football hotbeds like the Southeast, Texas and South Florida.

Levi’s Stadium hosted three college games last season, including the Pacific-12 Conference championship, but none sold out. The Foster Farms Bowl between Stanford and Maryland sold 34,780 tickets, roughly half the stadium’s capacity.

Levi’s Stadium, which will host the Super Bowl after this season, also submitted a bid for the 2017 college championship game, but that was awarded to Tampa, Fla. The 2016 game is in Glendale, Ariz.

The host cities for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 games will be announced in the fall.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

Cities bidding

  • 2018: Atlanta; Bay Area (Santa Clara); Houston; South Florida
  • 2019: Bay Area (Santa Clara); Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit; Houston; New Orleans; San Antonio
  • 2020: Bay Area (Santa Clara); Charlotte, N.C.; Houston; Minnesota; New Orleans; San Antonio
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