Atlanta to host college football playoff game - FOX 32 News Chicago

Atlanta to host college football playoff game

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

Another big sports event is coming to Atlanta. The Chick-fil-A Bowl was named as a semifinal host for the new college football playoffs.

Beginning in 2014, the Chick-fil-A Bowl will be part of the new six-bowl playoff system, but it won't host a semi-final game until the 2016 season. It will then host the game every three years.

Each year, a committee will determine the four teams to be represented in the two national semi-final games.

The first championship game will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the BCS conference commissioners announced Wednesday. That game will be held on Jan. 12, 2015.

Officials said they'll wait until December to decide who will host the championship game in its second year.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl was up against the Cotton, Fiesta and Holiday Bowls for the three semifinal spots in the new playoff system that will replace the current BCS system. San Diego's Holiday Bowl was left out when the announcement was made Wednesday.

"With the College Football Hall of Fame, the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game, the new hosting semi-final games -- this now truly makes Atlanta the college football capital of the United States," said Gary Stokan, Chick-Fil-A Bowl CEO and president.

Stokan has been working for 16 years to make Atlanta a major bowl destination.  

"Our perception has changed completely because we have made commitments for the betterment of college football," Stokan said.  "People have respected that."

Those commitments include the new College Football Hall of Fame, which will be located near Centennial Olympic Park.  It's scheduled to open in 2014.  And of course, the latest project is a new, state-of-the-art, retractable roof stadium that will be built with the Falcons and a college football national championship game in mind.  

Stokan says his dream is for the city of Atlanta to host a national championship game.

The games would also pump a lot of money in the local economy, which annually gets a big boost from the Chick-fil-A Bowl.  Officials say the economic impact for the city could be over $100 million.

  • More SportsMore>>

  • FOX 5 Sports Exclusive

    Ron Gant and Bobby Cox talk Cooperstown

    Ron Gant and Bobby Cox talk Cooperstown

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:57:42 GMT
    We're coming up on a big weekend for baseball -- and especially for a some Atlanta Braves legends. Former Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame-- along with former Braves skipper Bobby Cox.
    We're coming up on a big weekend for baseball -- and especially for a some Atlanta Braves legends. Former Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame-- along with former Braves skipper Bobby Cox.
  • Dream's Cooper diagnosed with tongue cancer

    Dream's Cooper diagnosed with tongue cancer

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:31:10 GMT
    Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has been diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer.
    Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has been diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer.
  • La Stella, Wood lead Braves' win over Phillies

    La Stella, Wood lead Braves' win over Phillies

    Tommy La Stella drove in three runs and Chris Johnson hit a two-run homer to back a strong start by Alex Wood and help the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Sunday.
    Tommy La Stella drove in three runs and Chris Johnson hit a two-run homer to back Alex Wood and help the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Sunday.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices