MN passed over for College Football Playoff – partly due to 'community fatigue'


College football's national champion will not be crowned at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in five years.

Minneapolis and the Minnesota Vikings were in the running to host the College Football Playoff (CFP) – the final four of Division I NCAA football – at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2020, but a selection committee awarded that year's playoff to New Orleans. (Which, if you remember, was the city Minneapolis beat to host the Super Bowl in 2018)

The College Football Playoff Group has announced the three cities that will host upcoming CFP National Championship Games: Atlanta in 2018, Santa Clara (Bay Area) in 2019 and New Orleans in 2020. Minnesota was not chosen as a host for the upcoming rounds of CFP National Championship games.

“We are honored that we were a finalist for the CFP’s National Championship; we were in great company,” Scot Housh, bid do-chair and president and CEO of Willis of Minnesota, said in an email news release. “The CFP told us that Minnesota’s bid was strong, but it wasn’t our year.”

Atlanta was awarded CFP in 2018 and Santa Clara, California, will play host the championship in 2019.

'Community fatigue' cited as an issue

Bill Hancock, the executive director of the CFP, said during the announcement they didn't want to be third in line after U.S. Bank Stadium hosts the 2018 Super Bowl and 2019 NCAA Men's Final Four,

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Michael Rand of the Star Tribune adds that Hancock was worried about "community fatigue."

A CFP management committee awarded the three host sites after 10 months of critical research and planning. Atlanta, Santa Clara, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, Minnesota, New Orleans, San Antonio and South Florida all made bids to host a CFP.

There doesn't appear to be sporting event fatigue with Minneapolis officials, however.

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