College Football's National Championship Is Coming to Dal ... er, Arlington

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The corpse of the Bowl Championship Series, college football's much-maligned way of wrapping up each season in often incomprehensible fashion, has gone cold. The organization that will replace it now has a clever name -- the College Football Playoff -- that leaves plenty of room for a big-dollar corporate sponsor and, as of yesterday, a venue.

College Football Playoff officials announced Wednesday night that Cowboys Stadium will host the first national championship game under the new system, slated for January 12, 2015.

The game, despite being a couple dozen miles from its namesake stadium, will still be known as the Cotton Bowl, which, in addition to hosting the first national title game, will be part of a six-bowl semifinal rotation that includes the Rose, Orange, Sugar, Chick-fil-A and Fiesta bowls.

Arlington apparently edged out Tampa for the championship, which officials said they looked at very carefully. But seriously? No way they'd pass up 100,000-plus seats and a Jumbotron the size of a small republic. Bill Hancock, executive director of the Dallas-headquartered College Football Playoff, said as much.

"The stadium itself [was the main reason], everything about the stadium," he said. "It's still the stadium with a capital 'T.'"

That, of course, is exactly the impression Jerry Jones hoped to make when he built his $1.2 billion coliseum in Arlington. He's already bagged the 2014 Final Four, and now he's got the college football equivalent.

Say what you will about his flaws as an NFL GM, but the man knows business.


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Clint Brady
Clint Brady

While I am normally not a fan of governments and taxpayers getting involved with building and financing a sports facility, I do think Laura Miller and the city council of that time period blew it big time. While the stadium probably would have looked different than it does now due to space constraints, having the Cowboys play in Dallas and in Fair Park once again would have been a great catalyst for improving that part of the city.

John Eason
John Eason

Remember when Laura Miller did not want this stadium in Dallas?

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Jerry + Cowboys bus + booze + coeds =

PersistentID2345
PersistentID2345

Cowboys Stadium is like Texas Stadium with another layer of cheaper seats to watch the game with binoculars with. But the cheaper seats aren't all that cheap. Especially for an event like this.

The big screen provides alleviation for the acrophobes. But my own big screen has pause, rewind, picture-in-picture, etc., and a well stocked fridge nearby. 

I am inclined to avoid these big spectacles and go for the less popular venues where I can get a decent seat for a decent price, such as FC Dallas, mid-week Rangers, SMU Basketball (next year, anyway, due to Larry Brown + a promising recruiting class).

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

So its draft day and  effing Jerry is at the Bush Library opening, my god.  Err maybe this means he is actually letting his draft team make decisions instead of him.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@PersistentID2345 I too will watch from home, but there are 100k people who will still want to attend, no matter how shitty the view or how expensive the ticket.  I felt that way about going to the stadium to see Kansas in the sweet 16.  It was worth it to me to be at the event because I got to see me team live and in person

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

Or it could be that Jerry strolls into the draft rom and picks someone from Arkansas that he is in love with without regard to the scouts - oicks someone he likes in the 1st round that should go in the 3rd or 4th - like another Quincy Carter.  Or he strolls in and makes some ridiculous trade.

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

@ScottsMerkin @PersistentID2345 Being in the stadium is live surround sound.  I've gone to a couple of Cowboy games and a concert there and it's the atmosphere as much as seeing your favorite team live and rooting them on - win or lose, it's fun being there no matter where you're sitting.

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