San Francisco 49ers Bid on 2017 College Football Championship Game

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIISeptember 26, 2013

With the BCS coming to an end this season, numerous NFL teams and cities are in competition to host upcoming college football national championship games over the coming years.

The latest professional franchise to enter a bid is the San Francisco 49ers.

Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News reported on Thursday morning that the 49ers have entered a bid to host the 2017 NCAA football championship game, via Kevin McGuire of CollegeFootballTalk.

The 49ers will unveil Levi's Stadium—a $1.2 billion facility—in 2014. Set in Santa Clara, Calif., Levi's Stadium recently won a bid to host the 2016 Super Bowl.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS and College Football Playoff, spoke on Santa Clara's bid and told Rosenberg what they will be looking for in a host site:

"We will be looking for a great stadium, of course," with at least 65,000 seats, Hancock said, "but also for a metropolitan area that has demonstrated it can host events of this type, excellent daily airline service and sufficient lodging to accommodate the teams and fans."

Hancock said the Niners and Santa Clara officials, who are helping with the bid, sounded "quite enthusiastic" and he called the stadium "beautiful."

Rosenberg's report identified a number of cities that have already submitted bids or might soon enter the running for the 2016 and 2017 championship games, including Minneapolis, Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami, San Antonio, Atlanta and Dallas.

The Dallas Cowboys, housed in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, have already won the bid to host the inaugural NCAA football championship game in 2015.

Rosenberg added that cities have until Friday to submit their bids for the 2016 and 2017 games with the NCAA to decide on the winners in the next six weeks. 

The new College Football Playoff format, which replaces the BCS, will feature two semifinal games at current bowl sites. Semifinal sites will rotate between the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Chic-fil-A Bowl.

In 2017, the semifinal games will be played at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., and the Chic-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. Semifinal sites cannot host the championship game in the same year.

According to Rosenberg, conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick are expected to choose a site by Nov. 11.