College Football Playoff Title Game Will Be Played at Cowboys Stadium

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 24, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 12:  A general view of the exterior of Cowboys Stadium before the weigh-in for the WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Joshua Clottey of Ghana on March 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  Pacquiao and Clottey will fight March 13, 2010 in Cowboys Stadium.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The first-ever College Football Playoff championship game reportedly will be played inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in January 2015 according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.


UPDATE: Wednesday, April 24, at 8:13 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde, Cowboys Stadium will officially host the first playoff championship in 2015:


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The championship game will conclude the four-team playoff, which was put in place to eliminate or at least minimize the late-season controversy brought about by the BCS standings.

As for Cowboys Stadium, the unmistakably massive stadium has played host to several big-time sporting events in recent years, including the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl XLV, boxing matches and this past month's 2013 NCAA tournament.

This certainly won't be the first time that Cowboys Stadium has hosted a colossal college football matchup either. In September 2012, Michigan and Alabama squared off inside the 80,000-plus seat stadium in a Top 10 season-opening clash.

The city and stadium have also hosted Big 12 Championship Games and Cotton Bowl matchups in recent years. 

Tampa Bay and Arlington were the only two cities bidding for the 2014 title game, which will be held on Jan. 15, 2015, following the 2014 college football regular season. According to sources via McMurphy, the decision to name Arlington the host city was a tough one as Tampa Bay put together an "impressive package" of its own. 

It's definitely hard to argue with this venue choice for the inaugural College Football Playoff title game, though. Cowboys Stadium is no longer brand new like it was in 2009, but it's certainly a state-of-the-art facility designed for marquee sporting events like this one.

Regardless of whether you're a Dallas Cowboys fan, college sports fans can get used to seeing plenty of the $1.3 billion stadium, because before the College Football Playoff title game in early 2015, Cowboys Stadium and Arlington will also host the NCAA men's Final Four in April 2014.


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