Cowboys Stadium gets 1st playoff championship game
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PASADENA, Calif. — The first championship game in the College Football Playoff will be held at Cowboys Stadium.
The BCS conference commissioners announced Wednesday that Arlington, Texas, edged Tampa, Fla., in the bidding to be the site of the first title game in the new playoff system.
“The stadium itself was the biggest determiner,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said about the $1.2 billion dollar, state-of-the-art home of the NFL's Cowboys and the Cotton Bowl.
The game will be held Jan. 12, 2015.
The final three sites for the semifinal rotation also were announced, and Cowboys Stadium came up a winner again. The Cotton Bowl will be part of the six-bowl rotation, along with the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The Holiday Bowl in San Diego also bid for a spot in the semifinal rotation but couldn't pull the upset.
The Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls are already part of the semifinal rotation. The Rose and Sugar will host the first semifinals Jan. 1, 2015.
Tampa made a strong push for the first championship game to be played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Buccaneers and the Outback Bowl. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' football palace was too much to overcome.
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