Cowboys Stadium is reportedly set to host another marquee sporting event—the 2015 national championship for college football.
Brett McMurphy of ESPN broke the news on Tuesday, while also highlighting the competition that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' massive venue in Arlington is up against:
Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is a "virtual lock" to host the first championship game in college football's new four-team playoff, sources said.
Wednesday was the deadline to submit bids to host the championship on Jan. 12, 2015, and only the North Texas and Tampa Bay, Fla., communities submitted bids, sources said.
The $1.2 billion domed stadium affectionately dubbed "Jerry's World" has already fostered several high-profile occasions for other major sports in its brief but storied history beginning in 2009.
Being home to America's Team alone is a huge asset, but the Cowboys' home turf has also played host to NBA All-Star Weekend in 2010, Super Bowl XLV and is slated for next year's NCAA Final Four.
As far as college football is concerned, Cowboys Stadium has an annual event called the Cowboys Classic in which prominent programs open their season at the neutral location for an exciting showdown. Last year's event featured the eventual national champion Alabama Crimson Tide pummeling the Michigan Wolverines 41-14.
The venue was the site of the Big 12 championship game. It also is the scene for the annual Cotton Bowl Classic and SEC rivalry between Texas A&M and Jones' alma mater, the University of Arkansas, in the Southwest Classic.
Given that the stadium seats over 100,000 people at max capacity, the spectacle of the national championship should be massive. If the venue has been able to host a Super Bowl in the past with success, hosting a national championship in college football should certainly be manageable.
Now that the stakes will be raised due to the playoff system many fans have longed for, it is only fitting that the action moves to this particular location, where Jones has proved that everything is indeed bigger in Texas.
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