Bay Area on the Clock as Host of 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
The Bay Area Host Committee formally took the reins for the next installment of the College Football Playoff National Championship at a press conference that served as the official conclusion of the 2018 College Football Playoff in Atlanta. Preparations for the 2019 College Football Playoff at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., are well underway, but literally took center stage when members of the Bay Area Host Committee delegation received the ceremonial College Football Playoff helmet from College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock.
“Hosting the College Football Playoff National Championship is both a privilege and a serious undertaking for our region,” said Patricia Ernstrom, Executive Director of the Bay Area Host Committee. “None of this would be possible without tremendous teamwork and we are incredibly grateful to have a strong and collaborative community as we embark on this journey together.”
The 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship is set for Monday, January 7, 2019, but a full year of planning and community-focused events leading up to the main event will soon begin to be put into action.
The pinnacle game of college football, the National Championship is one of the biggest sporting events in the country, with an average attendance of nearly 79,000 fans over the first four years. The large-scale event is expected to provide a significant economic impact to the Bay Area, with the Dallas region netting $308 million in 2015, followed by Phoenix seeing a $274 million impact in 2016.
“As the venue that has hosted more major events during its lifetime than any other stadium in America, Levi’s Stadium and our team is ready to bring the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship to the Bay Area,” said Al Guido, President of the San Francisco 49ers. “The College Football Playoffs and Levi’s Stadium will both be celebrating their fifth birthday in 2019 so we couldn’t think of a better way to kickoff such a historic year than by crowning college football’s next champion.”
The Bay Area Host Committee previously announced the addition of College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as the initial members of its advisory committee. Additionally, the committee is providing significant resources to support the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers program, announcing its one-million-dollar pledge to help serve the foundation’s mission to elevate the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers. As part of that commitment, the host committee will be hosting the fourth annual Extra Yard For Teachers Summit in the days leading up to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship and undertaking year-round educational development programs that will be announced in the coming months.
Individuals looking for opportunities to volunteer with the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship can visit the official Bay Area Host Committee website at www.BayArea2019.com. Information is also available via the official social media accounts: BayArea2019 on Facebook, @BayArea2019 on Twitter, and @BayArea19 on Instagram.