Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Joins New College Football Playoff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In a move that enhances Arizona as a national sports destination, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday was selected to the College Football Playoff that begins with the 2014-15 season.
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will host its first semifinal game in the third year of the playoff, after the 2016 season. In the first two seasons of the new format, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will host highly-ranked teams from a mix of conferences on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day at Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium.
“We are looking forward to playing a key role in the College Football Playoff and extending our tradition of bringing elite college football games to Arizona,” Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton said. “As a truly neutral site, we will welcome the most deserving teams from the nation’s top conferences. This will give new fan bases a chance to experience our beautiful state while providing our local fans with fresh matchups.”
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has long been a leader in college football’s postseason, beginning with membership in the Bowl Coalition in 1992. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is a charter member of the Bowl Championship Series that expires after this season.
In the new format, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will no longer have a conference tie-in. Participating teams will be assigned by a yet-to-be-named selection committee, which will consider numerous factors, including a school’s proximity to the bowl site to ease travel for fans. The committee will also seed the playoff participants.
“The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is proud to be a partner in the College Football Playoff,” said Brian Hall, Fiesta Bowl Chairman of the Board. “We are pleased that college football’s leaders have recognized the value of the army of volunteers who create lifelong memories for student-athletes, university representatives, alumni and fans. We are known for our hospitality and are committed to providing the same high level of service in the new structure.”
Membership in the College Football Playoff does not guarantee the right to host a national championship game, which will have a separate bid process. The Fiesta Bowl organization, host of seven college football title games, plans to bid on the national championship game in the new format.