By: Adrian Beecher
Tampa will host the 2017 College Football National Championship, as announced Monday by Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff. The game will be held January 9, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium.
The new format begins in 2015 with the game being held in Arlington, Texas. Glendale, Arizona was announced as the 2016 host on Monday as well.
The new playoff system will come as a long awaited change in FBS college football, after seeing a undefeated Auburn, Boise State and Utah being left out of the 2004 National Championship Game. Although many say that this will cause more controversy just adding more teams to that mix of "We should be in the Playoffs".
This will be Tampa's first time hosting the National Championship, the city has hosted 4 Super Bowls previously. The question is what will the Tampa Bay Sports Commission go after next? With the city hosting the 2015 Women's Final Four, the NCAA Frozen Four in 2016 and now the 2017 College Football National Championship, one can only wonder.