After the Pac-12 confirmed it was discussing moving its title game to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. as early as the 2014 season on Tuesday, there's another city with interest as well.
Seattle would like to host the game and has expressed that desire to the conference.
“They (the Pac-12) could approach it however they want,” Ralph Morton, the executive director of the Seattle Sports Commission, told the Seattle Times, “Whether they’re approaching this from a one-time or multi-time host, we’re interested. Even if they decide (Levi’s Stadium) is where they’re going to go in 2014, we certainly look forward to the opportunity for them to consider us for the next year.”
The city's interest is natural given the revenue impact from a potential Pac-12 title game in the city limits. Money is likely one of the main factors in the conference's look for a permanent or semi-permanent host, because many things like sponsorships and suite sales are much harder when the championship game site isn't determined until the end of the season. In the first three years of the game's existence, the team with the best conference record has hosted the title game.
While Seattle seems like a good place to have the game if the conference does want to rotate the site of the title game, it would be a distant second to Santa Clara in the running for a permanent site simply because of logistical reasons. Santa Clara is in the middle of the conference geographically and likely has better chances for good weather on the weekend.
Plus, the newness of Levi's Stadium is probably another draw. CenturyLink Field isn't old by any means (it opened in 2002), but as stadiums get newer and newer, age and amenities have become a large selling point.
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