A little more than a week after Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told Sports Illustrated that the conference was “discussing” moving its conference championship game to Levi’s Stadium, the move is now official.
For the next three years, the game will be played at the new home of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. In the three years since the conference expanded to 12 teams, the championship game has been played at the home field of the team with the best conference record.
“Pac-12 football is among the deepest and best football conferences in the country,” Scott said in a release. “Our football championship game is important for selecting a team for the Rose Bowl and possibly the College Football Playoff, and we are thrilled to offer student-athletes and their fans the ultimate venue to culminate a successful season.”
Levi’s Stadium, which will officially open in July, has a capacity of approximately 68,500 and will host its first regular season NFL game on Sept. 14. The stadium will also annually host the Fight Hunger Bowl and Super Bowl L in 2016.
“The Pac-12 has a tremendous following in the Bay Area, which makes Levi’s Stadium a fitting host for its marquee game,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “We are excited to provide Pac-12 student-athletes, and their fans from across the region, an unparalleled experience for their football championship.”
The 2014 Pac-12 Championship Game will be played on December 5.
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