Pac-12 Championship Game moving to Las Vegas for 2020 and 2021

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  1. Pac-12 Championship Game moving to Las Vegas for 2020 and 2021
    ErikMcKinney

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    (Pac-12 press release)

    LOS ANGELES – The Pac-12 Conference today announced that the 2020 and 2021 host site for the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76®, will be in Las Vegas at the new home of the Raiders, one of the National Football League’s most state-of-the-art venues. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott made the announcement today during the 2019 Pac-12 Football Media Day in partnership with Las Vegas Stadium and the Raiders, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and MGM Resorts International.

    “Our Pac-12 universities and entire Conference are thrilled to have our 2020 and 2021 football championship event take place in one of the most anticipated new venues in sports,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Highlighting and showcasing our programs on one of the biggest stages in a major destination market is a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes, universities and fans, and consistent with our mission to create the best possible experiences for student-athletes. We are excited to work with our new partners in the Raiders, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and MGM Resorts International for these events.”

    “I want to thank the San Francisco 49ers and Levi’s Stadium for what has been a fantastic five-year run and we look forward to what will be another exciting championship event in Santa Clara this year,” added Scott. “The 49ers and Levi's Stadium have been great partners in building our flagship football event and taking it to new heights."

    Today’s announcement marks the second new event to be scheduled for the Las Vegas Stadium which is also set to host the 2020 Las Vegas Bowl, featuring a Pac-12 opponent against either a Big Ten or SEC opponent, after the event moves following the 2019 game. With Las Vegas already hosting the 2020 Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, the 2020 and 2021 football title games will bring the Conference’s championship event to the city for the first time. Serving as home of the Raiders, the 1.75-million-square-foot stadium will also provide the most start-of-the-art facilities for the champions of the Pac-12 North and South divisions as well as a full slate of surrounding entertainment options for fans in attendance. Since the Conference’s move of its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to Las Vegas, the events have drawn sensational crowds and set multiple attendance records.

    “As Las Vegas and the Raiders prepare to debut a world-class stadium, the LVCVA is proud to partner with the Raiders and MGM Resorts International to bring the elite Conference of Champions to the destination,” said Steve Hill, CEO and president of the LVCVA.

    “The Raiders are excited to host Pac-12 universities and their passionate fans in Las Vegas for the 2020 and 2021 Pac-12 Football Championship Games” said Raiders President Marc Badain. “The Raiders are proud to work alongside the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and MGM Resorts International in helping to bring this showcase event to the newest world-class venue in Las Vegas. We’d like to thank Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and the Pac-12 universities and fans for this tremendous opportunity.”

    George Kliavkoff, President of Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts International, said, “We have had a long-standing partnership with the Pac-12 that includes hosting the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. Pac-12 fans are some of the best in collegiate sports and we are proud to extend our relationship with the Conference and its fans to the football championship games in 2020 and 2021.”

    With the venue located in one of the most entertainment-centric cities, fan entertainment both in and outside of the venue is set to provide for a fantastic experience for student-athletes and fans alike. Future locations for the Pac-12 Football Championship Game beyond 2021 will be determined and announced at a later date.

    The agreement in principle with Las Vegas is expected to be finalized in the near future.

    For this upcoming season, the 2019 Pac-12 Football Championship Game will return to Levi’s Stadium for its sixth straight year. The league’s title game moved to the Silicon Valley venue in 2014 when the stadium opened, the first ever neutral site of the Conference’s football championship game. Over the past five years the event has grown to include a series of ancillary functions, including a complete fan fest, ahead of the game, while providing student-athletes the chance to play in one of the NFL’s newest stadiums.
     
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    Makes sense....get it out of that hellhole up north. Of course, the Rams new stadium was rejected....we all know why that decision happened, lol.

    And how about playing on a Saturday....instead of Friday night.... is THAT too hard of a concept to follow?
     
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    I don’t think there’s any doubt that it will be played at the new Rams stadium at some point in the future.
     
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    Yeah, but as soon as ‘SC wins one there, the crying and petitions will start for how we got the homer and the CCG is skewed to the Trojans.
     
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    While reading this whole article I have to agree with qqqman, why not the Rams stadium? Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, as opposed to Las Vegas- “one of the most entertainment-centric cities” per the press release.

    Larry Scott and Las Vegas is a match made in heaven.
     
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    If L.A., the northern schools would howl that the South Division gets a pass and will have more fans etc. etc. Vegas is a decent compromise (even though it geographically favors the South). Fans will more likely make it a Vegas weekender than an L.A.weekender is my guess. I am just amazed I agree with something Scott and his gang of idiots decided on.
     
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    I would go to Vegas from my home in Maui for this, but would NEVER go to Santa Clara. A trip to Vegas would be outstanding! I was hoping this would happen eventually and I think it will be far better attended than the lousy attendance that was the norm at Levi. Unless they are still stupid enough to have it on a Friday night!
     
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    This is one move I agree with totally, which makes me think I'am not feeling well today. Its an objective site that no one can claim is biased. Should be plenty of fans in the stadium one way or the other since the casinos will stuff the place with folks. That will make it more TV friendly. Good weather. Easy to get to with hundreds of flights a day for a low price. Trojans can claim its not their home town but its close. Top notch football facility. Lots to eat and do before and after the game. For the kids coming in from places like Eugene and Pullman (if either ever makes it) it provides a trip that is a reward with lots to do and access to LA if they want it. Our players would probably like to have a week in Vegas on the Bowl tab rather than another week in LA. A recruiting plus since we get there regularly most years......after we get rid of Helton.
     
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    We are the Chanpions, my friend.
     
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    More income for PAC12. Sell outs.
    Pick any sports fan and then add his wife. Wives will always go to Vegas.
     
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    No more Friday nite games
     
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    Ain’t that the truth
     
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    Great news for those of us in LV and the whole PAC imo. Yeah this is an easy quick plan vacation for any teams fans to make when they find out there team makes it.


    Las Vegas is the sports capital of the future for sure. The misconception about the casinos will fill this stadium up w tourists and guests isn't right though.

    The stadium will need to be filled by people on purpose being in LV for wazzu/Washington or whatever and SC or Utah or whatever.


    You guys get the real Vegas right? You could be at the end of whatever walkway they figure out from Mndalay bay or wherever MGM/NYNY they are. And most of the people you'll see and talk to won't have a clue what the college football hail you're talking about.


    But yeah they'll get a huge group from the northwest and a huge group from Southern California if they can get the right matchups. Like an SC vs UW one of the years and SC vs cougs or even Duckies the other

    Nobody wants to have to do this with Utah people and Arizona people are Arizona people because they can't handle Vegas. So let's go
     
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    I have always felt that the CC game should be played on a NEUTRAL field and Vegas always made the most sense because of location.

    The only other option would be to rotate it amongst the other states that make up the Pac 12.
     
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    Mr.. Katz and I have been promoting this move for the previous 4 years. Larry Scott must have been reading Garry's trojan Huddle message board!

    From this side of the country (Upstate NY) getting to Santa Clara CA was not worth the effort. Flying into SFO or Minnetta SJC + lodging + Rental Car would break the bank. Travel packages to LV will be at least 1/2 the price and your hotel shuttle will drop you off and pick you up at the stadium. Erik, with all due respect to the RAM's new stadium, it can not beat Las Vegas in December as a fan & alumni draw.
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    Ok with Raider stadium but have we given up on PAC12 CC & CFP. Sad state of affairs
     
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    I would disagree about Arizona people not showing up because they can't handle Vegas. Have you been to any of the PAC12 BB tournaments? They dominate the attendance.
     

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