Last Updated on January 5, 2023
A select group of cities can boast about hosting the College Football Playoff National Championship, but the list is gradually expanding.
The CFP National Championship kicked off in Arlington, Tex., the site of the first College Football Playoff National Championship in Jan. 2015. The game between Ohio State and Oregon brought in more than 33.9 million viewers and 85,689 people in attendance.
This year’s game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Georgia Bulldogs will be held at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and will bring plenty of intriguing storylines. But what’s next after SoCal?
Last year, the College Football Playoff Committee announced the remaining host cities for the next three championship games; Houston, Atlanta, and Miami round off the list. Each city, including Los Angeles, has a unique identity within college football and sports overall that is hard to ignore.
Despite only being open for three years, SoFi Stadium is making its imprint on both college and pro football. Aside from serving as the host city of this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship, it is also home to the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl, which brought in over 30,000 attendees for its matchup of Fresno State and Washington this year. In addition, SoFi Stadium is home to the Los Angeles Rams and hosted Super Bowl LVI.
Further, it remains to be seen if this year’s College Football Playoff Championship game will live up to the attendance and viewership of BCS Championship games that were played in the Rose Bowl just an hour north on Interstate 110 in Pasadena. However, with the LA Bowl and host of this year’s National Championship, it is safe to say the most expensive stadium in American professional sports is a worthy venue of college football’s biggest stage.
Houston will host the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship at NRG Stadium. NRG Stadium is also home to the Tax Act Texas Bowl. This year’s game between Texas Tech and Ole Miss brought in over 50,000 people.
This will be the first time NRG Stadium will host the College Football Playoff National Championship. The fourth-largest city in the country has a history of hosting major sporting events, from this year’s World Series and NCAA Men’s March Madness Tournament to Super Bowl LI.
In 2025, the College Football Playoff National Championship will call the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta home. Some consider Atlanta to be a staple city within the college football community. It is the home of the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. This will be the second time the College Football Championship will be held in Atlanta. The first game in 2018 had 77,430 people in attendance; that same year, Mercedez-Benz Stadium also hosted the MLS Cup and Super Bowl LIII.
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami will host the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2026. It will be the second time Miami will host the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. The first game in 2021 had about 14,000 people in attendance due to COVID-19 restrictions. Miami is also home to the Capital One Orange Bowl. Hard Rock Stadium has hosted six Super Bowls ((XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI, XLIV, and LIV) and four BCS Championship games (2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013).