BCS may limit candidates for site of first playoff final

Nickalas Tabbert

Only six cities will be considered for the site of the Football Bowl Subdivision’s first playoff, sources told ESPN on Monday.

The decision was made to quicken the process in choosing the site for the game to be played Jan. 12, 2015. The four current BCS bowls — the Fiesta in Glendale, Ariz., Orange in Miami, Sugar in New Orleans and Rose in Pasadena, Calif. — along with the Cotton and Orange bowls — will be the only sites with the chance to host the 2015 title game.

BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said in a statement that the conference’s commissioners will begin talking to organizers from those games about the possibility of hosting the first national championship game, CBS News reported.

Originally, the commissioners planned to open the bidding to any city interested in submitting a request for proposal for the title game. But considering the challenges involved with hosting the game, and because it is only 28 months away, the commissioners felt the need to move quickly on naming the site, ESPN said.

For other future national championship games, requests will be submitted allowing any city to bid for the contest — similar to the way cities bid for the NFL’s Super Bowl.

Hancock did not specify when a site for the national championship would be announced, only that it would be “moving ahead over the next few weeks.”

ESPN said a decision is expected to be announced early next year.

The Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl will be among the sites that host the national semifinals on a rotating basis for 12 years, starting with the 2014 season, CBS News reported.

Hancock said the selection process for the rest of the semifinal sites will begin “late this fall.”