Could the Pac-12 be abandoning a rotating host for its conference championship game?
Commissioner Larry Scott told SI that the league is "discussing" moving the game to Levi's Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers set to open later this year. If the Pac-12 decides to move the title game, the change would go into effect for the 2014 season.
In the three years the Pac-12 has had a championship game after expanding to 12 teams, it's rotated amongst Pac-12 stadiums with the team with the best conference record getting to host the game.
However, the conference is the only one that uses the model and because of it, the site of the game isn't determined until the end of the season. While it's nice reward for the team that does the best in the conference, it's dificult to plan for. With a permanent site like the ACC, Big Ten and SEC use, the league would be allowed to sell tickets to fans who can make their travel arrangements months in advance with the hope their team will be involved.
Levi's Stadium is located in Santa Clara, Calif., and would serve as a central hub of sorts for the league as well. Last year's game was far south at Arizona State while the first game was at Oregon. Plus, the neutral site will undoubtedly make the conference more money.
It can sell corporate sponsorships and luxury boxes and have a specific number of tickets and pricing ranges, rather than being forced to adapt to any given stadium within the conference. It could turn out to be a lucrative proposition even without the guarantee of a home crowd.
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