Atlanta is next stop for national college football championship

January 10,2017

Source: Tim Darnell, WXIA

"The city is on the clock.

After Monday night’s thrilling college football championship game in Tampa, city political and business leaders are now preparing for the 2018 game, which will be held in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The handoff from Tampa to Atlanta begins a full year of celebrations and events surrounding the national championship game throughout the year led by the Atlanta Football Host Committee. The game will be held on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

“College football is a way of life in the South, and especially in Atlanta,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Atlanta has nationally-renowned attractions, is home to the busiest passenger airport in the world, offers premier shopping experiences and is famous for its southern cuisine and hospitality.”

At a Tuesday press conference, College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock gave Reed and the Atlanta Football Host Committee a college football playoff helmet.

“We look forward to continuing Tampa’s momentum and carrying it forward to Atlanta,” said Dan Corso, president of the Atlanta Sports Council and the Atlanta Football Host Committee. “Downtown Atlanta is built to host events like this. Plus, Atlanta has a passion every day for college football.”"

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