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Minneapolis loses bid for College Football Playoff championship

CHICAGO -- Minneapolis and U.S. Bank Stadium will have to settle for the Super Bowl and Final Four -- for now. The Twin Cities lost its bid to host the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game to New Orleans, the CFP announced Wed...

CHICAGO - Minneapolis and U.S. Bank Stadium will have to settle for the Super Bowl and Final Four - for now.
The Twin Cities lost its bid to host the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game to New Orleans, the CFP announced Wednesday.
The Minnesota Bid Committee competed against the San Francisco Bay Area, Charlotte, Houston, New Orleans and San Antonio to host college football’s ultimate game.
U.S. Bank Stadium, scheduled to open for the 2016 Vikings season, will host Super Bowl LII in February 2018 and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four.
The CFP also awarded the 2018 national title game to Atlanta and the 2019 game to Santa Clara, Calif.
Wednesday’s announcement was made at Big Ten headquarters outside Chicago.
Minnesota officials tried and failed two years ago to persuade college football to hold its biggest game in a northern state - most have generally been warm-weather affairs. Minnesota’s 2020 bid, or Detroit’s 2019 bid, would be the first in a northern state.
The initial 2015 championship was held in Dallas. The 2016 title game will be in Arizona and the 2017 game in Tampa, Fla.
Scot Housh, co-chair of Minnesota’s campaign for the game, has said he expects a successful bid to require $8 million to $12 million in private contributions, comparable to the winning Final Four bid.
Chris Polincinki, the other co-chair, has said the economic impact of the inaugural championship in Dallas this year, won by Ohio State, was estimated at more than $300 million.
Such figures, however, vary widely among economists.
Minnesota’s competition for the 2020 game includes Charlotte, N.C.; Houston, New Orleans, San Antonio and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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