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College Football Playoff championship not awarded to Charlotte

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, Ohio State, right, and Oregon play during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Arlington, Texas.
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, Ohio State, right, and Oregon play during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Arlington, Texas. AP

The College Football Playoff championship game will not be played in Charlotte in 2019 or 2020.

The site selection committee awarded the 2019 game to Santa Clara’s Levi Stadium and the 2020 game to New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Charlotte bid to host the games in May. College Football Playoff executives then visited Bank of America Stadium in July.

“Broadly, we’re looking at the infrastructure of the city, the stadium, hotels and airport,” said Bill Hancock, chief executive officer of the College Football Championship, during the trip. “But it is also helpful to get a handle on a city’s ability to stage a big event by trying to find the human part of it. And let’s just say we were very impressed with Charlotte.”

A source close to the committee told the Observer the group liked Bank of America Stadium and its proximity to uptown hotels and restaurants, but was concerned with the potential of inclement weather in Charlotte at that time of year.

Will Webb, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation, said he was thankful for the opportunity to bid on the championship.

“We put forth a collaborative effort involving the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Visit Charlotte, Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Sports Foundation, and greatly appreciate the efforts of all,” he said in a statement. “We will learn as much as we can from this bid cycle as we look toward next selection process.”

The 2018 championship game was awarded to Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is slated to open in 2017.

Sergio Tovar: 704-358-5941, @sergiotovar

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