Kirk Herbstreit suggests permanent venue for national championship game
Heading into the national championship game, many criticized the College Football Playoff for having the game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers. When the game’s matchup was set following the Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl, ticket prices began to plummet.
The low get-in ticket price was a storyline all the way up until kickoff. Fans and plenty of media members offered suggestions that the game should only rotate between a few select sites that are popular with everyone (such as Atlanta and New Orleans).
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit has a different idea. He believes the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. should be the permanent home of the national championship game. Considering Alabama and Clemson have been the dominant programs of the CFP era, it’s hard to imagine many fans getting behind a west coast home for the championship home. Georgia fans traveled notably well to the Rose Bowl game last season, but Herbstreit’s suggestion would be asking fans, presumably based in the Southeast, to potentially make repeat trips to California. Herbstreit’s tweet comes in response to a Sports Illustrated article on deciding the location for the game.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 12, 2019