User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
49ers stadium to host Pac-12 title game

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Pac-12 Conference will announce at a news conference Thursday that it is moving the league championship game to the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara, a person familiar with the decision said.

Advertisement
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Wednesday because the official announcement is pending. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, 49ers CEO Jed York and team President Paraag Marathe are scheduled to unveil additional details for the conference's championship game at Levi's Stadium on Thursday.

Scott said last week that the league was mulling whether to move its championship game to the 68,500-seat, $1.2 billion stadium that opens this year. The first three conference championship games have been held in the stadium of the division champion with the best conference record - Oregon in 2011, Stanford in 2012 and Arizona State last year.

''We're not dissatisfied with what we have,'' Scott said during a break at the conference's meetings in Phoenix last week. ''But there are some unique opportunities, particularly this Levi's opportunity.''

Attendance was good at two of the three title games, with Stanford being the exception - partly due to rain and a 5 p.m. Friday kickoff that gridlocked traffic in the Bay Area. The SEC, Big Ten and ACC stage their title games at neutral sites.

In previous years, Scott had noted the challenges in staging the championship game at a host school when the site - not to mention the teams - often isn't known until a week before the game. He also has acknowledged concern from school presidents about the travel demands that fans would face if teams in the far-flung conference - which stretches from Washington to Arizona - would have to travel to get to Santa Clara, which is about 15 miles from the Stanford campus and just across the bay from Berkeley.

But having a neutral location also has its benefits, he has said, notably giving the conference time to plan logistics and sell tickets locally. Scott also repeatedly talked about the ''wow'' factor of the Santa Clara site last week, comparing the stadium's opening to the high level of attention the opulent Dallas Cowboys stadium received.

The 49ers also have been trying to fill dates at the new stadium, getting Cal to host Oregon there this fall. The NFL already has awarded the stadium the 50th Super Bowl to be played in February 2016.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
BetOnline.ag: Alabama made 2017 favorite
Nelson: 4th Quarter Covers - Bowls
Robert Morris signs transfer QB
Frank Beamer named to CFP commitee
Three Oregon players hospitalized
USC CB Jackson headed for NFL
Arkansas tabs Rhoads as new DC
Alabama AD Battle plans to step down
Memphis promotes Dickey to OC
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 2051
Joe Williams + 1909
Pat Hawkins + 1752
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Greg Smith + 400
Joe Nelson + 385
Scott Rickenbach + 380
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Pritchard 60 %
Scott Rickenbach 59 %
Kyle Hunter 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 1239
Scott Rickenbach + 1082
Kyle Hunter + 1023
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2485
Kyle Hunter + 2166
NeiltheGreek + 2076
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Vince Akins + 805
Scott Rickenbach + 657
Pat Hawkins + 595
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership