Atlanta Sports Council Announces Championship Hosting Division for Major Sporting Events

January 24, 2017

The Atlanta Sports Council Launches Championship Hosting Division for College Football Playoff National Championship, Super Bowl LIII and NCAA Men’s Final Four

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ATLANTA (January 24, 2017) – The Atlanta Sports Council (ASC) announced today the launch of the Championship Hosting Division, a new division that will focus on streamlining efficiencies for planning and producing major sporting events locally. The Championship Hosting Division is a collaborative model emphasizing continuity between organizations and individuals involved in the bid process all the way through the planning and execution phases of the sporting events.
“Over the next three years, Atlanta will consecutively be home to three of the largest sporting events in the U.S.,” said Dan Corso, president of the Atlanta Sports Council. “Our goal is to make sure this unprecedented run is seamless from start to finish, and in order to do that, we needed to create an effective model with the right organizations and individuals around the table from the very beginning.”
The decision to launch the Championship Hosting Division included buy-in from the ASC’s partners in the region who work collaboratively to bid on and host major sporting events, including the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Georgia World Congress Center Authority and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Underneath the newly created Championship Hosting Division are the following committees and events:

Atlanta Football Host Committee (AFHC) – 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Metro Atlanta Host Committee (MAHC) – Super Bowl LIII (2019)
Atlanta Basketball Host Committee (ABHC) – 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four

“Aligning the execution of these three premiere events under the leadership of Atlanta Sports Council will ensure we deliver a championship experience for fans and visitors,” said William Pate, president and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This new division will also allow the partners to operate efficiently to win bids and continue to bring the largest sports championships in the world to Atlanta.”