ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy reports that it’s “a virtual lock” for Cowboys Stadium to host the college football playoffs championship game in January 2015.Arlington, Texas and Tampa were the only cities to put in bids, McMurphy reports.
Cowboys Stadium opened in 2009, and has worked to attract high profile sporting events to help offset its whopping $1.3 billion price tag ever since. The NCAA tournament’s South Regional comes through Cowboys Stadium this week, and the 2014 Final Four is slated for play there. The Dallas metroplex scores a major coup if it has indeed locked up the college football playoffs for January 2015. Such a victory would make the area home to both the basketball and football championships in less than one calendar year.
College football has always played a significant role in the venue’s non-Dallas Cowboys-related endeavors. It became the host site of the Cotton Bowl in January 2010, and kicks off the season with the Cowboys Classic every year since 2009. The Alabama Crimson Tide rolled over Michigan in the last Cowboys Classic, and return there to face the Wisconsin Badgers in September 2015.
That means should Nick Saban lead Alabama to the first playoff title round, his program will play consecutive games in Cowboys Stadium.