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April 26, 2013

​The College Football Playoff adds Chick-fil-A Bowl to line up

The Chick-fil-A Bowl (CFAB), one of the best bowl games in America, just got better!

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, a new College Football Playoff system was announced, and Atlanta has firmly ensconced itself in the rotation to host the semi-final games. The CFAB joins the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls as the hosts for the new playoff structure, and will get to host one of two national semi-final games four times over a 12-year period. In the other eight years, the CFAB will host top-ranked teams from around the country as assigned by a selection committee. All games will be played either on December 31 or January 1.

As part of the new playoff system, the Chick-fil-A Bowl will hold its first national semi-final game on December 31, 2016. They will also host similar games on New Year’s Eve in 2019, 2022 and 2025.

Team Atlanta, responsible for assembling the playoff bid, included representatives from the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Sports Council, Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Governor’s office and the Mayor’s office. The group worked together to present a compelling bid that was ultimately approved by the group of conference commissioners.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Atlanta and a great venue to once again showcase our city on a national stage. Having already hosted major sporting events of this magnitude, including the NCAA Final Four, Super Bowls and the Olympics, Atlanta looks forward to adding another college football premier game, beginning in 2016.

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