The city of New Orleans will host the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship on January 13, 2020 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The event will be the sixth championship game in the new College Football Playoff format which went into effect following the 2014 college football season. It will mark the 29th time that the city has hosted a college football national champion – the previous 28 played in the Allstate Sugar Bowl or the Allstate BCS Championship.
The College Football Playoff was established in the spring of 2013 to replace the Bowl Championship Series, which had been in existence for 16 years and each year enabled the No. 1 and No. 2 college football teams in the country to play in a postseason bowl game. Beginning with the 2014 season, the College Football Playoff ushered in a four-team playoff era. The format is simple: the best four teams play two semifinal games followed by the College Football Championship Game. The semifinal games rotate among six current bowl games (Sugar, Rose, Cotton, Orange, Peach and Fiesta), while the Championship is up for bid to any interested city. The Allstate Sugar Bowl hosted one of the first Playoff Semifinals following the 2014 season and the sold-out event was viewed by over 28 million television viewers, at the time, the largest cable television audience in history. The Sugar Bowl also hosted a semifinal games following the 2017 season and will do so again following the 2020 and 2023 seasons.
A selection committee chooses the four teams for the playoff based on body of work, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents, championships won and other factors. In addition, the Selection Committee places deserving teams in the other four bowls that are part of the format.
Established on the New Orleans' skyline and in the city's rich history, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the definition of iconic. Its ability to adapt to any event type makes it perfect for general sessions, exhibits,...