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Old 11-04-2015, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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2018 College Football National Championship Game - Story | WAGA
http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/colle...le-game/npGLg/
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College football’s national championship game is coming to Atlanta.

The marquee event will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium – the Falcons’ new home, which is under construction downtown — on Jan. 8, 2018, College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said this afternoon.

The game will cap the first football season in the stadium, which is slated to open in March 2017.

Atlanta was competing against Miami, Houston and Santa Clara, Calif., for the game.

It’s the second national mega-event awarded to Atlanta’s new $1.4 billion stadium. Late last year, the NCAA decided to play college basketball’s men’s Final Four there in 2020.

The College Football Playoff – a four-team postseason tournament – debuted last season, immediately becoming one of the highest-profile events in American sports.

Playoff officials also chose the sites of the January 2019 and January 2020 games Wednesday: Santa Clara and New Orleans, respectively.

Atlanta’s bid group included representatives of the Atlanta Sports Council, the Falcons, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Georgia Tech.

Sports Council executive director Dan Corso said last week that the group’s pitch focused on the new stadium, the city’s history of hosting marquee sports events and the convenient proximity to the stadium of downtown hotels, restaurants and other attractions.

Bids were submitted in May. Playoff officials subsequently toured all bid cities, including Atlanta in July.

The playoff’s management committee, which chooses the sites, consists of 10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director.
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Old 11-04-2015, 12:42 PM
 
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Nice! That is a big win!
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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As it looks now: CFB CG 2018, maybe a SB, and NCAA Final 4 2020.
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Vinings/Cumberland in the evil county of Cobb
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great win.
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Historic West End
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Now only the Super Bowl is next. I expect an announcement soon.
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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We will see an explosion of hotels.
Get ready to AirBnB those extra rooms y'all.
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:35 PM
 
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Good win, the reason to build a new stadium. Hopefully a Super Bowl or two are coming in the five years or so after this thing opens.

Key is making sure everything works well around these events, unlike that Super Bowl awhile back.
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:56 PM
 
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Huge. For the benefit of hotels and restaurants, let's hope a team from one of the surrounding states makes the championship.
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Old 11-04-2015, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Great news.

We're in the running for either the 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl also.
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Old 11-04-2015, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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I can only but dream of the Dawgs playing in that game!
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