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Miami to host 2026 college football national title game


Orange Bowl Committee

Mark your calendars, college football fans. The 2026 College Football Playoff National Championship will be held at Hard Rock Stadium.

The game on Jan. 5 will be the 22nd college football championship held in South Florida, and the second since the CFP era began in 2014.

Miami hosted the 2021 CFP National Championship between Alabama and Ohio State, although attendance was limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brett McMurphy of The Action Network reported in January that Miami would get the game as officials “wanted to award Miami another title shot as soon as possible due to Miami’s financial difficulties.”

The news became official on Monday afternoon.

“We are truly honored to have the College Football Playoffs select Miami as the site of the 2026 CFP National Championship,” said Jack Seiler, 2026 Host Committee Chairman. presented by COVID-19, we immediately focused on the next viable opportunity to bring college football’s most prestigious event back to our community once again with a full championship experience and capacity crowd at the spectacular Hard Rock Stadium.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the CFP National Championship back to our community in 2026,” said Frank Gonzalez, President and Chairman of the Orange Bowl Committee. “While this is truly a collaborative effort among many entities, we felt it was important that the Orange Bowl Committee bring back our many years of experience and expertise in leading this collective effort to be a candidate for the championship.”

Tom Garfinkel, Vice President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, added: “Steve Ross has privately invested hundreds of millions of dollars to make Hard Rock Stadium a premier venue for the biggest events. of the world and bringing another college football national championship here to South Florida is a testament to that vision and commitment.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoffs, said the decision to return to South Florida was easy.

“South Florida was a great host for the 2021 National Championship game despite the event being curtailed due to COVID-19, and we look forward to returning in 2026 with a full lineup of events and activities during the national championship weekend,” Hancock said. “First class stadium, convention center, hotels and South Florida support people made the decision to come back quite easy.”

Michelle Kaufman, sports writer for the Miami Herald, has covered 14 Olympics, six World Cups, Wimbledon, the US Open, NCAA basketball tournaments, NBA playoffs, Super Bowls and been the football writer and the University of Miami basketball beat writer for 25 years. She was born in Frederick, Maryland and raised in Miami.