The national championship games of the College Football Playoff will be held in Atlanta and South Florida for the second time.
The last game of the current 12-year media rights agreement with ESPN, the title game, will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, the CFP announced on Monday.
Following a season altered by the pandemic in 2020, the game was held in Miami Gardens.
Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP, said in a statement that “South Florida was a great host for the 2021 national championship game despite the fact that the event had to be scaled back due to COVID-19. We look forward to returning in 2026 with a full complement of events and activities during national championship weekend.”
Around 15,000 people were able to attend the Alabama vs. Ohio State game at Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins, due to COVID-19 limitations. The stadium has a capacity of over 65,000.
The CFP stated in its announcement that the host of the 2025 game had also been chosen and will be revealed at a later time.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host that match, according to a source familiar with the decision who spoke to The Associated Press under the condition of anonymity because the formal announcement had not yet been made.
That choice was initially reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Atlanta United of Major League Soccer, the Peach Bowl, and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons all call the 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium home.
The announcement will be made at a news conference on Tuesday at the stadium. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp are expected to attend.
The Crimson Tide prevailed in overtime in the first Alabama-Georgia championship matchup of the year, which took place in Atlanta.
___\sAP Paul Newberry, a national writer based in Atlanta, contributed to this article.
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