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Phoenix and Tampa awarded future College Football Playoff title games

The Greater Phoenix area and Tampa, Fla., were awarded bids to host the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday. The 2016 championship (played following the 2015 season) will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the championship will move to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., the following year. 

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will host the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship on January 12, 2015.

The 2016 championship game will be played on Monday, January 11, following semifinals held at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl on December 31, 2015.

The 2017 championship will be held on Monday, January 9, with semifinals held on New Year's Eve 2016 at the Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Bowl. 

The Phoenix area hosted BCS championship games in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011, and Super Bowls in 1996 and 2008, and will again in 2015. 

Tampa never hosted a BCS championship game, but hosted the Super Bowl in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009. Host of the annual Outback Bowl, Tampa is the first city outside of the new playoff system's six-bowl rotation to host a title game.