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MIAMI-SOUTH FLORIDA AWARDED 2021 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Miami-South Florida has been announced as the site for the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship, it was announced today by the College Football Playoff.

This will be the community’s first national championship game under the College Football Playoff, but its 21st overall. The 20 previous national championship games were hosted by the Orange Bowl Committee, most recently, the 2013 BCS National Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame.

The game will take place on January 11, 2021, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

“We are honored to be selected to host 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship,” said Michael B. Chavies, chairman of the 2021 CFPNCG Bid Committee. “This region is second to none as a venue for major sporting events and this announcement is a culmination of the efforts of many parties and the vast experience of all involved. We are thankful that the College Football Playoff valued everything that the area has to offer and awarded us this prestigious event.”

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the national championship game back to this area,” said Don Slesnick, president and chair of the Orange Bowl Committee. “While this was truly a collaborative effort of many entities, we felt that it was important for the Orange Bowl Committee to take the lead on putting this bid together as the organization that hosted the region’s previous 20 national championships.”

“We are excited that Hard Rock Stadium will play host to the biggest game in college football,” said Tom Garfinkel, president and CEO of the Miami Dolphins.  “Stephen Ross committed more than $500 million to make this a global entertainment destination and we are thrilled about the opportunity to showcase our venue on this stage.” 

“We are impressed with the recent renovations to the stadium that has been host to so many significant college football games,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP. “Of course, South Florida is a great destination, and the people from the Orange Bowl Committee have always been cordial and welcoming hosts.”

The 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship will be the seventh under the College Football Playoff which began with the 2015 game in Arlington, Tex. Other sites have been Glendale, Ariz. in 2016 and Tampa Bay in 2017. The 2018 game will be in Atlanta, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif., and 2020 in New Orleans. 

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Editors Note: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Bid Committee Chairman Michael Chavies, Orange Bowl Committee President and Chair Don Slesnick, Dolphins Senior Vice President, Alumni Relations Nat Moore, other local civic and political leaders will be available to members of the media at a press conference at 5 p.m. today in the Hyundai Club at Hard Rock Stadium. Media should enter through Gate 4, turn right and drive around to North Gate. Parking is free. Enter through the side entrance at the North Gate.

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What they are saying about Miami-South Florida being awarded the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship

BILL HANCOCK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
“We are impressed with the recent renovations to the stadium that has been host to so many significant college football games. Of course, South Florida is a great destination, and the people from the Orange Bowl Committee have always been cordial and welcoming hosts.”

MICHAEL B. CHAVIES, CHAIRMAN OF THE 2021 CFPNCG BID COMMITTEE
We are honored to be selected to host 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship. This region is second to none as a venue for major sporting events and this announcement is a culmination of the efforts of many parties and the vast experience of all involved. We are thankful that the College Football Playoff valued everything that the area has to offer and awarded us this prestigious event.”

DON SLESNICK, PRESIDENT AND CHAIR OF THE ORANGE BOWL COMMITTEE.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring the national championship game back to this area. While this was truly a collaborative effort of many entities, we felt that it was important for the Orange Bowl Committee to take the lead on putting this bid together as the organization that hosted the region’s previous 20 national championships.”

TOM GARFINKEL, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE MIAMI DOLPHINS
“We are excited that Hard Rock Stadium will play host to the biggest game in college football,” said.  “Stephen Ross committed more than $500 million to make this a global entertainment destination and we are thrilled about the opportunity to showcase our venue on this stage.” 

DAN LINDBLADE, PRESIDENT AND CEO, GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
“This isn’t just a game; this is a game changer. Broward County saw a nearly $300 million impact from the last championship we hosted in 2013, and the thousands of jobs created as a direct result translated to more than $81 million in personal earnings. But that’s just the start. This is an opportunity to showcase Greater Fort Lauderdale as one of the most desirable places to live, work or start or relocate a business.  In all, an event of this caliber is a real touchdown our region.”

MAYOR CARLOS GIMENEZ, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
“The College Football Playoff made the right decision!  And we are grateful!  There is no better community to host a College Football National Championship than Miami. Congratulations to the Orange Bowl Committee and our local task force for leading the effort and to Stephen Ross for making the investment in Hard Rock Stadium, which is a world class venue that enables our community to host world class events.”

MAYOR PAULETTE BURDICK, PALM BEACH COUNTY
“Palm Beach County is excited to be part of this tri-county effort. South Florida is a premier destination for major events and we look forward to welcoming many of the thousands of visitors to our beautiful County for the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship.”

MAYOR OLIVER GILBERT, CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS
“This is what having a world class community and venue is all about. You get to host big events and do big things.  We are proud and beyond ecstatic that the College Football Championship Game is coming to Miami Gardens and the world-class Hard Rock Stadium. We look forward to the teams and fans visiting all of South Florida for the game’s festivities.

MAYOR JOHN P. “JACK” SEILER, CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE
“We are extremely excited to bring college football’s ultimate game back to South Florida for the 21st time.  We have hosted Super Bowls, numerous sports championships, and we have the world's largest boat show in Fort Lauderdale -- this is what we do and what we do very well.  We host major events, and we host people.  We bring visitors in and provide hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact.  We not only make sure they have a great time while they're here, we make sure they come back to our destination and bring more family and friends with them.  It's something we're very accustomed to doing, and I think we do it pretty well.”

FRANCIS SUAREZ, MIAMI CITY COMMISSIONER AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE
“We have a well-regarded college football history in Miami and we are proud the College Football Playoff has awarded the Championship Game to our community. As always, we will make sure visiting fans are treated well and shown a great time in Miami.”

KEN RUSSELL, MIAMI CITY COMMISSIONER AND DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN
“We are no stranger to big-time college football games in Miami, but getting the College Football Playoff Championship Game is another level. As a focal point for festivities, we are excited to have fans see all we have to offer in Downtown Miami."

WILLIAM D. TALBERT, III, CDME, PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE GREATER MIAMI CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
“Miami is world renown as a big event destination for many of the world’s most popular events. Hosting the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game adds to Miami’s reputation as a destination like no other for spectacular, exciting mega events.”

STACY RITTER, PRESIDENT AND CEO AT THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
“We're excited to host the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Greater Fort Lauderdale. We are looking forward to welcoming football fans of all ages during this spirited and significant event."

DENNIS GRADY, CEO, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE PALM BEACHES

“The Palm Beach County business community is excited by our tri-county bid to host the College Football National Championship at Hard Rock Stadium. The regional business community will be positioned to receive a $250 – 300 million economic impact from this event. The Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Hospitality industry is recognized worldwide as the best in the industry. This event will prove that once again to the world.”

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