Tommy Bain, chairman of the Stadium Events Organizing Committee that will oversee this year’s inaugural College Football Playoff championship game in Arlington, envisions local organizers making a play for a return engagement when bids for the 2018-2020 games are due next year. Bill Hancock, CFP executive director, said he expects the competition to be “heated and passionate” between cities vying to host one of the games, with significant interest coming from Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Atlanta.
Bain said local organizers would like to bring the game back to AT&T Stadium within the next three-year cycle and are sounding out the appropriate target date. This year’s game is set for Jan. 12, 2015.
“We’re going to pick our spot,” Bain said. “I don’t know if that’s 2019 or 2020. Or whatever it is. We’ll make a decision on that and then we’re really focus on that bid.”
Ideally, Bain said he hopes AT&T Stadium can become a regular stop in the title game rotation, much like the British Open typically returns to St. Andrews in every five-year cycle.
“We would like to be the St. Andrews of the national championship and hope that we’re in the rotation often,” Bain said. “If we produce the game right, with the resources of this area and the outstanding people, I think we have that opportunity.”
_ Jimmy Burch