There’s nothing Alabama can do about the first CFP national championship. The Crimson Tide lost its chance to participate when Bama was knocked out in the semifinals by the Buckeyes.
That doesn’t mean Alabama isn’t going to quit trying. The actual site of the national championship game isn’t incredibly important. Bama has won national championship bowl games from Pasadena to New Orleans to Miami. Still, there is a curiosity about where future title games will be played in the CFP era.
The 2015 national championship will be determined at University of Phoenix Stadium and the 2016 title game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
The CFP has begun a new bidding cycle for select cities to host the games in 2018 (for the 2017 championship), 2019, and 2020 championship games. Although the CFP has not named the cities that have requested proposal information, it has said there are more than 10.
’BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com has identified precisely 10 cities and stadiums that have confirmed they have requested the bid information. There may be more. The bidding process is not closed until May.
The bidding sites include at least one that would likely be less appealing than others to Crimson Tide fans. That’s the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The CFP has indicated that it would include cold weather sites.
There are also likely to be completed bids from New Minnesota Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., but those are domed arenas.
Otherwise, the cities and stadiums are in more agreeable climates.
In California, they are Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
In Texas is the Alamodome in San Antonio.
In North Carolina, Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
In Florida, the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, EverBank Field in Jacksonville, and Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Although it has not been confirmed if these have requested bid proposal information, they are considered possibilities:
Ford Field in Detroit, the New Atlanta Stadium, NRG Stadium in Houston, LP Field in Nashville, and the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.