Eight groups bid for college football championship

Sept. 30, 2013 IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Organizers for the College Football Playoff say they have received four bids to host the 2016 national championship game and six to host the 2017 game.

Groups from Jacksonville, Fla., and Tampa, Fla., have submitted bids for both games.

Tampa was a finalist to host the first championship game, which will be played Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The other groups bidding for the Jan. 11, 2016, game are: Arizona (University of Phoenix Stadium) and New Orleans (Superdome).

The other groups bidding for the Jan. 9, 2017, game are: Northern California Bay Area (Levi's Stadium, the 49ers' planned new home); Minneapolis (Vikings Stadium); San Antonio (Alamodome); and South Florida (Sun Life Stadium).


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