The Pac-12 has made it official. The home site conference championship game is dead. For the next three years, our conference championship game will be in our backyard.
Well that's awesome! I have to say, if Cal gets to the Pac-12 title game in the next three years, this will be just optimal for our chances, as I'm sure we'll pack the house for a potential Rose Bowl bid. Thank goodness we're not going through a long rebuilding process to get back to the top of the mountain.
I'm not sure how to feel about the move. I really liked the conference championship setup we had with the home team. You had a packed crowd two of the three times and you got to see Stanfurd fans embarrass themselves the third time, it was win-win-win! Obviously it was really hectic for the Pac-12 to move from one site to the next and not knowing where the game would take place until only six days in advance, but it felt like the fan environments outweighed the need for luxury boxes.
Oh well. That's how conference championship games seem to roll these days. Levi's Stadium will be ideal for the Pac-12, ideal for Cal and Stanfurd fans if they get the chance to play in this game, and is centrally located for a quick flight for fans from whereever they are in the conference.
The biggest concern is the Friday night games, which just sounds like a logistical nightmare for many fans not located in the Bay Area. If the conference can renegotiate their TV deal for Saturday night, these movements would make more sense. We'll have to see how this works out.
The Pac-12 Conference will stage its annual Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. for the next three years, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The first Pac-12 Football Championship Game will take place on Friday, Dec. 5, and will feature the Pac-12 North champion versus the Pac-12 South champion.
The move to a neutral site follows three years of playing the game at the home stadiums of one of its participants, and gives the Conference the opportunity to host its biggest game in a state-of-the-art stadium that promises to offer fans the best experience possible.
“Pac-12 football is among the deepest and best football conferences in the country,” said Scott. “Our Football Championship Game is important for selecting a team for the Rose Bowl and possibly the College Football Playoff, and we are thrilled to offer student-athletes and their fans the ultimate venue to culminate a successful season.”
Levi’s® Stadium is scheduled to open for the 2014 football season as the new home for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. The facility will serve as the site for Super Bowl L in 2016 and the annual Fight Hunger Bowl beginning this season, and will feature new and exciting ways for them to experience a live event.
“The Pac-12 has a tremendous following in the Bay Area, which makes Levi’s® Stadium a fitting host for its marquee game,” said Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers. “We are excited to provide Pac-12 student-athletes, and their fans from across the region, an unparalleled experience for their Football Championship."
The growing importance of this game makes it a must-attend event for all Pac-12 football fans. Tickets for the 2014 Pac-12 Football Championship Game go on sale to season ticket holders and donors of each Pac-12 institution starting May 19 at 10 a.m. PT, and then will open to the general public beginning on May 23 at 10 a.m. PT. All tickets will be available on Pac-12.com/tickets.