Arizona to host 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game

GLENDALE, AZ - The biggest game in college football is coming to the Valley in 2016.

Arizona will host the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, the organization announced Monday.

"Arizona has proven itself to be one of the greatest settings for premiere college football events, and has become a favored destination for fans from around the country. The folks in Arizona put together an exceptional bid that really won the day with the management committee," said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff.

Tampa Bay will host the 2017 championship game, the organization said.

The playoffs will begin with the 2014-2015 season and features the top four teams who are selected by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

The first championship game of the playoff era will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on January 12, 2015.

The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the first national semifinals during the 2014-2015 season. The match-ups will put the No. 1 team against the No. 4 team, and the No. 2 team against the No. 3 team, according to a press release.

If you're wanting to mark your calendar early, the 2016 championship game will be played on Jan. 11, 2016 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Glendale is home of the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Fiesta Bowl is also part of the six-bowl semifinal rotation, but it won't host a semifinal until the 2016 season.

Four communities submitted bids for the 2016 championship game, including Jacksonville, Fla., New Orleans and Tampa Bay.

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