By Garret Heinrich

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The city of Houston was in the running for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 College Football National Championship game. It did not get the nod of approval for any of those years. Instead, Atlanta (2018), Santa Clara (2019) and New Orleans (2020) were given the Nationals title games. This season’s game is being played in Glendale, Arizona and next season will be held in Tampa.

“It is an exciting day for the College Football Playoff,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP. “This was an extremely competitive process among the nine wonderful communities. We were pleased and honored by the time and energy that the people in all of the cities put into their bids. Atlanta, the Bay Area and New Orleans have much to offer and will welcome the participating teams and fans with warm support and exceptional facilities. We look forward to bringing college football’s showcase event to these three communities.”

The total list of finalists for each year is as follows:

2018
Atlanta
Bay Area (Santa Clara)
Houston
South Florida

2019
Bay Area (Santa Clara)
Charlotte
Detroit
Houston
New Orleans
San Antonio

2020
Bay Area (Santa Clara)
Charlotte
Houston
Minnesota
New Orleans
San Antonio

Atlanta will be held at the Falcons new stadium that is scheduled to open in 2018, Santa Clara will be played at the 49ers’ Levi Stadium and New Orleans will be hosted at the Super Dome.

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