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New Orleans among 9 bidding to host playoff championship

New Orleans among 9 bidding to host playoff championship

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — New Orleans is among nine cities and regions bidding to host College Football Playoff championship games.

Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Detroit, Minneapolis, South Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Bay Area in California also are vying to host the 2018, '19 and '20 title games. All those sites had been previously reported as intending to bid, though the deadline to submit a bid was Wednesday.

New Orleans was the last to jump in to the mix. Organizers were waiting on a commitment of financial support from the state to make help cover a portion of the bid that will cost about $15 million. The Sugar Bowl covers about 70 percent of the bid.

This season's championship game will be held in Glendale, Arizona, at University of Phoenix Stadium. The championship game after the 2016 season will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The first championship game was played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The three championship sites will be announced in the fall.

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