The College Football Playoff has selected the sites for its championship games to be contested in January 2025 and ’26.
The CFP announced that Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., will play host to the championship game in January 2026. Hard Rock Stadium also played host to the CFP title game in January ’21.
“We are delighted to be returning to Miami,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “South Florida was a great host for the 2021 national championship game despite the event having to be scaled back because of COVID-19, and we look forward to returning in 2026 with a full complement of events and activities during national championship weekend. The first-class stadium, convention center, hotels and supportive people in South Florida made the decision to return quite easy.”
The Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.) and Peach Bowl (Atlanta) will be the semifinal sites for the 2025 season leading up to the title game at Hard Rock Stadium.
The CFP hasn’t yet officially announced the site of the championship game to be played in January 2025, but that contest will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, according to multiple reports and confirmed by Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger. Mercedes-Benz Stadium also played host to the CFP title game in January ’18.
The championship game in Miami will mark the conclusion of the current four-team CFP contract arrangement. The other championship game sites in the current contract are SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. (January 2023) and NRG Stadium in Houston (January ’24).
Atlanta is a late replacement for Las Vegas, which was unable to host because of scheduling conflicts in January 2025, according to Action Network.
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