Tampa to host 2017 college football championship game

Tampa will host the 2017 national championship, the college football playoff committee announced on Monday.

Tampa and Raymond James Stadium won the honor to host on Jan. 9, 2017. Tampa Stadium and Raymond James have combined to host four Super Bowls (1984, 1991, 2001, 2009).

“Tampa Bay is a terrific destination with a beautiful stadium and a community that is committed to hosting big events in a gracious and thorough manner,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the college football playoff. “We are very happy with the facilities, the creative proposal and the commitment of support from community leaders.”

Arlington, Texas, will host the 2015 game. The Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl will host semifinal games.

Glendale, Ariz., won the honor to host in 2016. The Chick-fil-A and Fiesta Bowls will host semifinal games.

Jacksonville was among the bidders for the 2016 game, and both Miami and Jacksonville submitted bids for 2017.