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Glendale, Tampa named sites for national title games

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Glendale, Ariz., and Tampa, Fla., have been named the host cities for the college football national championship games following the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium, the site of the Fiesta Bowl, was chosen over three other venues for the Jan. 11, 2016, game.

The three cities Glendale beat out were Jacksonville, Fla., (EverBank Field), New Orleans (Mercedes-Benz Superdome) and Tampa (Raymond James Stadium).

Tampa's Raymond James Stadium, which hosts the Outback Bowl and is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was selected over five other sites for the Jan. 9, 2017, championship game.

Tampa beat out San Francisco/Santa Clara (Levi's Stadium), Jacksonville (EverBank Field), Minneapolis (Vikings Stadium), San Antonio (Alamodome) and Miami (Sun Life Stadium).

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, had already been named the site for the national title game next season, which will be the first year the NCAA moves to the four-team playoff.

The final national title game in the BCS format is this season's game between Florida State and Auburn in Pasadena.

Next season a selection committee will choose the four teams that will participate in the playoffs.

The contract for the four-team playoff format runs for 12 years

Next season, the Rose and Sugar Bowls will be the sites for the national semifinal games, and the Orange and Cotton Bowls will host the semifinal contests following the 2015 season. The Fiesta and Chick-fil-A bowls will be the venues for the semifinals for the 2016 season.
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