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Inglewood selected for 2023 College Football Playoff title game

By in Press Enterprise on November 1, 2017

By Scott Wolf

The College Football Playoff national championship game will be played at the new Inglewood stadium in 2023, the CFP management committee announced today.

It will be the first national-title game in Southern California since Florida State defeated Auburn 34-31 at the Rose Bowl in the 2014 BCS title game.

“Los Angeles is a world-class city with a great record as sensational hosts to college football championships, Olympics, Super Bowls and other top events,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP. “Of course, the new stadium will be spectacular.”

The CFP committee announced four future sites: The 2021 game will be at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.; the 2022 game will be at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis; the 2023 game in Inglewood and the 2024 game at NRG Stadium in Houston.

“In partnership with the City of Los Angeles, we are fully committed to making it the greatest fan experience in this event’s history,” Inglewood Mayor James Butts said.

The new NFL stadium, which will be home to the Rams and Chargers, is scheduled to be completed in 2020. It has an estimated cost of $2.6 billion.

There is no bidding process to host a CFP title game. Instead, the management committee selects potential cities and negotiates with them. It wants to host the first 10 games in 10 different cities.

“College football is a special game — with America’s most gifted players and storied programs lifted up by a fan base devoted like no other,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Los Angeles has always been where the world’s best athletes come to make history on the biggest stage, and we can’t wait to welcome the College Football Playoff National Championship to town in 2023.”

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