College Football Playoff National Championship coming to South Florida

Hard Rock Stadium to host title game in 2021


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The College Football Playoff National Championship is coming to South Florida.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the four-team playoff, announced Wednesday that Hard Rock Stadium would host the game in 2021.

"When we created the playoff, we said we wanted to move the national championship game around," Hancock said. "We have done that. We call it '10 in 10' -- 10 different communities will have hosted the national championship game in the first 10 years of the playoff."

It will be the first national championship game for South Florida since Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14 under the former Bowl Championship Series to conclude the 2012 season.

College football's finale will be the first to return to Florida in the playoff era. Tampa hosted last season's game in January.

Other cities to host the title game will be Indianapolis in 2022, greater Los Angeles in 2023 and Houston in 2024.

"Each of the four cities chosen met or exceeded our standards for selection," Hancock said. "Each has a first-class stadium that our fans will enjoy, a great convention center, excellent hotels for teams and fans, and the communities have successful track records of hosting major events. Each city also has wonderful, supportive people who we rely on to host a successful game."