Team Atlanta to Aggressively Bid for 2018 National Championship Game
Team Atlanta will aggressively pursue and is committed to winning the right to host college football’s National Championship Game in Atlanta in January 2018. The game would be played in the new Atlanta stadium, which will be the home of the Atlanta Falcons and host to many other marquee sports and entertainment events. The iconic, billion-dollar, retractable roof stadium, will open in Spring 2017.
Hosting college football’s National Championship in 2018 would fall one year after the Chick-fil-A Bowl is scheduled to host its first National Semifinal in 2017 in Atlanta.
“Team Atlanta is fully focused on assembling the best possible bid with the sole purpose of earning the rights to bring the 2018 National Championship Game to Atlanta,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “We have the right team in place and will work together to pool our resources into the winning bid.”
“Atlanta is a world-class city with a strong track record of success in hosting major events,” said Atlanta Falcons Owner & Chairman Arthur Blank. “We hope our new stadium will serve as a centerpiece for the 2018 National Championship Game, as well as in many of the ensuing years.”
Team Atlanta – a group of business and civic leaders comprised of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Sports Council, Atlanta Falcons, Chick-fil-A Bowl, City of Atlanta, Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center and the State of Georgia – will collectively deliver the assets necessary to provide an unmatched event destination.
The group, who most recently partnered to bring the College Football Playoff to Atlanta, will not bid to host college football’s 2016 National Championship Game.
The decision not to bid for the 2016 championship game is a direct result of having an insufficient number of available hotel rooms over the required dates in order to meet the College Football Playoff’s mandatory bid requirements. The National Championship’s Games date of January 11, 2016 would significantly overlap with the International Gift, Home Furnishings and Area Rug Market convention which already has a substantial room block set aside from Jan. 8 – Jan. 15. The size of the room block would prevent Team Atlanta from meeting the room availability requirements to host the game.
Furthermore, Team Atlanta will not be permitted to bid to host the National Championship Game in 2017 due to the fact that the Chick-fil-A Bowl will be hosting its first National Semifinal Game that year and the College Football Playoff rules prohibit any bowl from hosting a National Semifinal and the Championship Game in the same year.