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Under-construction LA stadium to host 2023 college football showpiece

Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, the future home of NFL American football teams the Rams and the Chargers, has been pegged to host the 2023 US College Football Playoff (CFP) Championship game.

The CFP Management Committee announced that it has selected the four communities that will host the national championship American football games from 2021 to 2024.

Miami’s 65,326-capacity Hard Rock Stadium will host the 2021 title game following the 2020 season. The Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will become the first cold-weather site to host the championship in 2022.

The Los Angeles stadium is still under construction, with an opening date planned for 2020. In addition, it is also set to host the 2022 NFL Super Bowl LVI. The 70,240-capacity arena, which is expandable to 100,000, will cost an estimated $2.66bn to construct.

The championship game in 2024 will be hosted by Houston’s NRG Stadium, which has a 71,795 capacity – expandable to 80,000. It is home to NFL franchise the Houston Texans and hosted the most recent Super Bowl in 2017.

“When we created the playoff, we said we wanted to move the national championship game around,” Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP said.

“We have done that. We call it ‘ten in ten’ – ten different communities will have hosted the national championship game in the first ten years of the playoff. The CFP National Championship is one of the most popular sporting events in the United States and we’re proud to bring the game to fans in different regions of the country.

“Each of the four cities chosen met or exceeded our standards for selection. Each has a first-class stadium that our fans will enjoy, a great convention centre, excellent hotels for teams and fans, and the communities have successful track records of hosting major events. Each city also has wonderful, supportive people who we rely on to host a successful game.”

The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed against the No. 4, while the No. 2 plays the No. 3 in semifinal games. The matches rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game.

This season’s championship game will be held in Atlanta at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, while Levi Stadium in California and the Superdome in New Orleans will host in 2019 and 2020, respectively.