Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
College Football’s National Championship Coming to North Texas
ARLINGTON, April 24, 2013 — College football’s national championship is returning to North Texas for the first time in 37 years.
It was announced earlier today by the Conference Commissioners meeting in Pasadena, Calif., that the first National Championship game in the new four-team playoff will be played at Cowboys Stadium on Monday, January 12, 2015.
In the new College Football Playoff, the national semi-final games will be played on New Year’s Day, 2015, at the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, and at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The two winning teams will advance to Arlington to play for the National Championship.
“We set out to land college football’s biggest game, and I’m thrilled to say that after nearly four decades, the National Championship game is coming back to North Texas,” said Tommy Bain, Chairman of the Stadium Events Organizing Committee. “Securing the first National Championship game as part of the new playoff system is a great honor, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of a dynamic combination of organizations, including the Cowboys Stadium staff, the Jones family and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.”
Eight times the National Championship has been won or lost in North Texas, all at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, but not since January 2, 1978, when fifth-ranked Notre Dame surprised No. 1 Texas, 38-10. The Irish then vaulted to No. 1 in the final rankings.
“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing college football’s biggest game to Cowboys Stadium, said Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys. “It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected to host the first national championship as part of the new playoff structure. This is a major win for our region. When designing and building Cowboys Stadium, our goal was to create a grand stage for championship events just like this. Rest assured, we all pledge to do everything we can to make sure this game exceeds everyone’s highest expectations.”
In June, 2012, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys and Cowboys Stadium combined efforts to establish the Stadium Events Organizing Committee. The SEOC is a non-profit entity that will be responsible for supporting the Conference Commissioners and College Football Playoff staff in producing the National Championship game at Cowboys Stadium.
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
National Championship Quotes
TOMMY BAIN, CHAIRMAN, STADIUM EVENTS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
“Since the announcement was made about the new playoff system in June, 2012, we knew Cowboys Stadium could play a significant role as part of this new format for post-season college football. The announcement today should continue to validate the vision that Jerry Jones and the Arlington community had in building the stadium. This is a win for all of North Texas.”
RICK BAKER, PRESIDENT, STADIUM EVENTS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
“If you think about it, the National Championship game is just 18 months away. We’ve been waiting a long time for this opportunity, and rest assured, the Stadium Events Organizing Committee and Cowboys Stadium will be great partners with the College Football Playoff and put on a show that all of North Texas will be proud of.”
MAYOR ROBERT CLUCK, CITY OF ARLINGTON
“I am excited that Arlington will be the host site for the first National Championship game under the new playoff structure,” said Mayor Robert Cluck. “I’ve been thinking about this possibility since the stadium was built, and I’m excited that it’s become a reality.”