BCS Caps 2015 National Championship Bids to These Six Bowls
The BCS Commissioners-- in all their collective infinite widsom-- have selected six bowl games as potential bidders to host the 2015 College Football National Championship game to be held on New Year's Day 2015.
Each of the six bowls have unique attributes not only by facility, but also be region and their surrounding cities that make them intriguing as a potential host for a game that's sure to soon be as big as the Super Bowl once the playoff system gains traction and football fans across the country make that difficult decision each winter on which game to attend.
There are several first-class cities on this list-- across the country--that are prime destinations for travel and tourism during the winter as is. Add in the pagentry, economic impact and overall clout that a game like the new playoff National Championship brings to the locale and we're sure to see one of the most competitive bidding processes in years for a major event of this caliber.
It'll be a knock-down drag out fight between these six bowls. Which one do you think it'll be?
The Sugar Bowl speaks for itself. New Orleans becomes a madhouse for a few weeks in late December / early January as the New Orleans Bowl kicks off first and the Sugar Bowl follows on its heels. New Orleans is one of the country's prime holiday destinations and the arguably the party capital of college sports. It's a no-brainer for all involved for the Sugar Bowl to be in the mix.
The Rose Bowl is the "Granddaddy of Them All" for a reason. Steeped in tradition and with unmatched pagentry, it would be an outstanding stage on which to watch two of the country's best go toe-to-toe on New Year's Day 2015. The Rose Bowl Committee will certainly not be outspent-- their endowment and supporters are very deep-pocketed-- and it will likely take a substantial and impressive bid from one of the other bowl games for it not to land here. This is my favorite.
Who doesn't want to make a trip to Phoenix in the dead of winter? This says all it needs to say, and is the basis for the popularity of Arizona's premier winter attraction, the Fiesta Bowl. Although the source of controversy over the past few years due to a few shady ex-employees, there's still plenty of shine and shimmer to this classic bowl game and they will make as strong a bid as anyone for the 2015 National Championship when the time comes.
Of the bunch, the Orange Bowl seems the least attractive in my mind for the committee to consider, but that by no means suggests they won't be in the mix. Miami sells itself, and if we're going for the tourism dollar here, all of the sudden it could jump a few notches. I can't see the Orange being taken before the Rose or Sugar, however, so it's likely a darkhorse at best.
America's new playground for the rich and famously famous would be all glitz and glamour-- and all out gaudiness--should the BCS Commissioners decide to host the game in Arlington. A 110,000 + capacity stadium would certainly pack a financial punch and you can bet your bottom dollar that Jerry Jones will be pulling out all the stops on this one to get it done. Don't count him out. Ever. Ever. Ever.
Chick Fil A Bowl
Meh. That's the reaction I get from the Chick Fil A Bowl. Not really sure why this one is on the list apart from regionality and being hosted in Atlanta. This one lands firmly at the back of the pack and would have to show some serious added value to last very long in the bidding process given it's competition. In short, it's LEAGUES away from being considered against the Rose Bowl.