ATL welcomes narrowed field of title game bidders

Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan described himself as “pleasantly surprised” by a report Monday that only six cities — Atlanta among them — will be considered as possible hosts for college football’s championship game at the end of the 2014 season.

Stokan and other Atlanta organizers announced their intention to bid for the title game several months ago, immediately after the BCS commissioners adopted a four-team playoff beginning with the ‘14 season.

According to Monday’s ESPN report, which cited unnamed sources, Atlanta’s competition for the Jan. 12, 2015, game will be limited to Pasadena, Calif. (site of the Rose Bowl), Glendale, Ariz. (Fiesta Bowl), New Orleans (Sugar Bowl), Miami (Orange Bowl) and Arlington, Texas (Cotton Bowl).

The report said the BCS won’t consider additional bidders for the title game in the first season of the playoff in order to “expedite the process” but will open the bidding to all cities, as originally planned, for the second season of the playoff and beyond.

Of the six cities named, four are the current hosts of BCS bowls. The exceptions are Arlington, which is home to the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium, and Atlanta.

“Certainly we are humbly appreciative of how the BCS commissioners look at our bowl and our city,” Stokan said. “I think it’s a great credit to all the volunteers and staff who have worked over the past 45 years to make the Chick-fil-A Bowl something relevant in college football. It’s also a great credit to our city as a whole in how we have been able to host big-time sporting events … and to the Georgia Dome and Chick-fil-A.”

Stokan reiterated that Atlanta “most definitely” plans to submit a bid to host the title game in the playoff’s inaugural season. The site is expected to be chosen early next year.

– Tim Tucker

12 comments Add your comment

BigDawg

September 24th, 2012
9:36 pm

Home game for UGA!

DawgPoop

September 25th, 2012
7:35 am

It’s in Atlanta, not Athens. So, no…

cdpridg

September 25th, 2012
8:35 am

Its Atlanta…so it is definetly unquestionably UGA

lovejones4

September 25th, 2012
10:45 am

Alabama home game!

ATLien

September 25th, 2012
10:47 am

There are far more Dawgs fans per capita in Atlanta than Tech fans. Atlanta is where a large portion of UGA students are from and where an even larger portion of UGA grads go for their first job. So, yes.. essentially a home game.

GTDude

September 25th, 2012
10:56 am

If anyone thinks that it won’t be at Jerry World in Arlington you are fooling yourselves. It is 100000 seats which equates to big $$$

SimpleDawg

September 25th, 2012
11:02 am

Yep, Jerry’s Funhouse will probably be the choice.

No way the other conferences allow 2 SEC teams to play for the National Championship in the home stadium of the SEC Championship.

They’d all go shoot themselves…..

CALEB KING

September 25th, 2012
12:13 pm

Home Game for UGA. That’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are. HEHEHEHEHE

Mr. Hankey (Pankey)

September 25th, 2012
3:10 pm

Gotta agree with SimpleDawg. Jerry World trumps the Dome. 30,000 more seats is 30,000 more tx and probably two to 500 face value. That’s, my blogging pals, ain’t chicken scratch. I’ll still keep fingers crossed but it might just be too much South and SEC to the “outsiders”.

only a matter of time...

September 25th, 2012
5:02 pm

until our 100K seat (for special events) open air dome is complete…then it will be Atlanta’s game

not much around that stadium in TX

JayD

September 25th, 2012
5:08 pm

CALEB…. Anybody ever told you – You look just like Eddie Murphy??!?!?!

Nacos

September 26th, 2012
9:55 am

i cant wait to eat some big bad wolf BBQ nacos this weekend.