Atlanta submits bid for SEC-Big 12 ‘Champions Bowl’

Atlanta and at least four other cities submitted bids this week to host the Champions Bowl, a new college football postseason game between SEC and Big 12 teams.

Atlanta’s bid is a 100-page document “that answers all the questions and hopefully puts our best foot forward,” Gary Stokan, president of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, said Wednesday.

Still, “we know we are an underdog” in the bidding, Stokan said.

That’s because Atlanta already hosts -– and wants to continue to host — the SEC Championship game annually. The SEC might be reluctant to put back-to-back events in the same city, and the Big 12 might be reluctant to put the new event on what could be regarded as an SEC home field.

The bowl begins with the 2014 season.

Other cities known to have submitted bids by Wednesday’s deadline are Arlington, Texas, site of the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium; New Orleans, which has long ties to the SEC through the Sugar Bowl; Houston; and San Antonio. Several other cities declined invitations from the SEC and Big 12 to bid.

Arlington and New Orleans are considered the clear frontrunners.

Cowboys Stadium has a capacity, including standing room, of 100,000-plus, meaning it potentially can generate more ticket revenue than any other bidder’s venue.

The SEC and Big 12 will retain revenue from television and title-sponsorship rights, leaving ticket sales and local non-title sponsorships as the main revenue streams for the bowl’s host organization.

The key in assembling bids was figuring out how much money could be generated from those streams and included in financial guarantees to the conferences.

“That is the $64,000 question,” said Stokan, who would not divulge terms of the Atlanta bid.

If Atlanta were to win the bidding, the game would be played in the Georgia Dome for at least the first few years and then move to the proposed new Falcons stadium if it is built.

The Champions Bowl, which will be renamed in conjunction with its host, will join the Rose and Orange as bowls guaranteed to host national semifinal games four times in the first 12 years of the college football playoff, which also begins with the 2014 season.

Three other bowls will be chosen to join the semifinal rotation, and if Atlanta does not land the Champions Bowl, Stokan said the city will pursue another spot in the semis. The city also plans to bid for the national title game.

Stokan said Atlanta’s Champions Bowl bid described the city’s infrastructure, its experience with big events, the planned move of the College Football Hall of Fame here and Atlanta-based corporations’ history of advertising around college football.

The plan is for the SEC and Big 12 champions to meet in the bowl except when either or both of them are are playing national semifinal games elsewhere. At such times, the conference champ would be replaced in the bowl by another team from its league.

41 comments Add your comment

Sussex Club

August 22nd, 2012
6:15 pm

$64,000 question?

PIERCE DAWG

August 22nd, 2012
6:20 pm

HOPE THEY SECURE THE BOWLS DESIRED

MM

August 22nd, 2012
6:23 pm

Why not alternate between Atlanta & Arlington?

Delbert D.

August 22nd, 2012
6:26 pm

“Stokan said Atlanta’s Champions Bowl bid described the city’s infrastructure..”

One would think he would have tried to bring up some positives.

WDE

August 22nd, 2012
7:14 pm

Well we don’t have to worry about it being played in Alabama they have a requirement for indoor plumbing for this game.

Lew Tippett

August 22nd, 2012
7:23 pm

How is New Orleans less of an SEC home field than Atlanta?

Reebok

August 22nd, 2012
7:31 pm

When is the College Football Hall of Fame opening? THAT is something I am really looking forward to…

Paul in NH

August 22nd, 2012
7:40 pm

My initial reaction to this Big 12-SEC match up was who needs another bowl game, but the more I think about this, the more I like it. The conferences are the ones putting on the game, getting the money and spreading it to the schools and the venues are bidding for it. This is 180 degrees from most bowls where a local bowl committee forces the schols to buy a guaranteed number of tickets and then siphons off a bunch for themselves.

Paul in NH

August 22nd, 2012
7:43 pm

I wonder who the other cities were who “declined invitations from the SEC and Big 12 to bid?”

Tide4Life

August 22nd, 2012
7:48 pm

UGA fans need not to comment on this story. UGA fans should be more concerned with potential bowl facilities in Shrevesport, Memphis and Nashville.

ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

August 22nd, 2012
7:54 pm

Down the toilet bowl!!!

Rock Hard for the 'Cocks

August 22nd, 2012
7:56 pm

How many SEC teams have home fields in New Orleans and Atlanta?

Put the bowl game in South Car-O-Lina where they play real football.

spider

August 22nd, 2012
8:06 pm

hope atlanta gets the bid, but i would be shocked if they got it.

greg t

August 22nd, 2012
8:06 pm

Dawgs just finished scrimmaging with scout team . I think Gurley led the way in rushing and Brown receiving. Could use an update if its available, Thanks Chip and Go Dawgs.

Yellow Fuzz

August 22nd, 2012
8:07 pm

UGA fans should be more concerned with future bowl facilities in Shrevesport, Memphis and Nashville.

greg t

August 22nd, 2012
8:08 pm

Make that Tim and Go Dawgs

spider

August 22nd, 2012
8:08 pm

im with rebok, whats going on with the hall of fame? is it under construction yet? when will it open?

what a nut

August 22nd, 2012
8:09 pm

South Car-O-Lina you got to be jokin me… With out neighboring States RECRUTS you all could’nt field a football team Well I should say ONE THAT WINS

what a nut

August 22nd, 2012
8:13 pm

But don’t feel bad Nor could BAMA CLEM TENN AU ND AND A FEW OTHERS

WestOfAthens

August 22nd, 2012
8:55 pm

NO Chance, the SEC is deep here already. The almighty dollar says, not here…..

Obvious

Jay

August 22nd, 2012
11:04 pm

Are you kidding me the liberty bowl in memphis is a joke, and Lp field in Nawhville please!!! I would rather go the Georgia Dome…

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 23rd, 2012
8:22 am

No NEW Stadium for the Falcons.

Mr.Coffee

August 23rd, 2012
8:23 am

the game will end up in dallas or new orleans. Atl—no chance—nothing to do, no good clubs or restaurants downtown, dangerous, etc.

Jack Moves

August 23rd, 2012
8:35 am

Atlanta more dangerous than New Orleans?? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

The Voice of Reason

August 23rd, 2012
8:36 am

“Money talks” so say hello to Jerry Jones hosting the game!

BKbroila

August 23rd, 2012
10:11 am

Who cares about the damn champions bowl….when will at least on of the Big 12 champ and the SEC champ not make it to the NCG? One of them will always be there….The big Big 10 only 3 decent teams…Wisconsin, Mich and Mich ST….Penn St and OhST are on probation and when 20% of your teams can’t even go bowling that conference could have an undefeated team and garner less interest than a 1 loss SEC or Slack 12 school….this Champions Bowl is gonna end up being a lesser tier bowl anyway…Atlanta will not get the bid….

another made up toilet bowl

August 23rd, 2012
1:12 pm

if another team other than a conference champion is picked, than it is not a champions bowl.
Atlanta should stick with SEC championship and focus on getting semi-final and national championship game.

another made up toilet bowl

August 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

If the bowl city gets all the ticket sale revenues, why would it matter to sec and big 12 conference if they play in a 100,000 seat stadium or 80,000 seat stadium? Conferences will still get the revenue stream they ask.

another made up toilet bowl

August 23rd, 2012
1:17 pm

How many times do you want our champion to play in Nawleans in the same season?
And who the heck wants to go to Houston? or Dallas? yuck

Rick James

August 23rd, 2012
1:41 pm

I like the idea of this game and hope it rotates from Big 12 country to SEC country.I dont think we are likely to see the SEC champ in this game for reasons that we all know…

WDA

August 23rd, 2012
1:43 pm

If Atlanta gets Champions Bowl, what happens to Chick Fil A Bowl? Being a fan of an SEC team, Ive always enjoyed the SEC ACC format.

Hill wins another term as Clayton County sheriff

August 23rd, 2012
2:00 pm

I know this is not the topic, but I am still in shock.

Rick James

August 23rd, 2012
2:23 pm

@Hill wins another term as Clayton County sheriff

What are those voters down there thinking? That county is an embaressment to Metro Atlanta

Vernon

August 23rd, 2012
2:57 pm

Atlanta would be PERFECT considering they are probably the only city willing to sell its soul to get this game. I can see the overabundance of advertising, bad food, and terrible traffic now. Another golden opportunity for the city to embarrass itself.

spider29

August 23rd, 2012
2:58 pm

Lew, I wondered the same thing. Maybe alternate between Atlanta and New Orleans?

JerryWorld

August 23rd, 2012
3:19 pm

jerry will pay whatever it takes to get the game for his new 100,000 seat state of the art stadium. Atlanta doesn’t even have a chance.

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 23rd, 2012
4:22 pm

What are those voters down there thinking? That county is an embaressment to Metro Atlanta

It is an Obama county. Only skin color matters to the voters followed by Who is More like Me? The convict will always win.

Rick James

August 23rd, 2012
4:30 pm

@Vernon

Atlanta would be PERFECT considering they are probably the only city willing to sell its soul to get this game. I can see the overabundance of advertising, bad food, and terrible traffic now. Another golden opportunity for the city to embarrass itself
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You either dont live within the city limits of Atlanta or you think the money spent promoting the game should be given to homeless people…

Rick James

August 23rd, 2012
4:34 pm

@I dropped my fried twinkie

It is an Obama county. Only skin color matters to the voters followed by Who is More like Me? The convict will always win.
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Obviously you dont know whats going on in Clayton county.If you did you would know that race was not an issue since both canidates are the color..The county elected the worse of two evils.

Rick James

August 23rd, 2012
5:06 pm

~same color~

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 23rd, 2012
6:32 pm

Rick that is WHY they picked the BIGGER of the 2 CONVICTS. There were 5 candidates 4 black and one white actually. The Run-off was between the WORST 2 possible choices. What does that tell you?