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Pac-12 championship game to remain at Levi’s Stadium through 2019

The worst playing surface in football gets more title games.

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The Pac-12 will see more football being played in the South Bay in December. The Pac-12 championship will continue to be played in Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers. This will ensure that at least one champion of football will get to play in a 49ers stadium in December.

In one of my less favorite moves, the Pac-12 moved away from homefield sites for the team with the best record in the conference to a neutral site in Levi’s back in 2014, when Oregon whipped Arizona. Stanford toppled USC and Washington demolished Colorado in subsequent years, so the Pac-12 title in Levi’s has lent itself to some unremarkable beatdowns to send the winners to the playoff or the Rose Bowl.

From my subjective perspective, Levi’s Stadium is one of my least favorite football experiences. The field is awful and rarely in game shape come Pac-12 championship time. The stadium is in the middle of corporation central in Santa Clara. I cannot wait until they find a better neutral site for the best in the conference to play important college football in the winter.

Quotes from Pac-12.com

“I’m very pleased with the experience we’ve created for our fans, universities, and student-athletes over the last three years,” said Scott. “I look forward to working with our great partners at Levi’s Stadium and the San Francisco 49ers to continue to grow this marquee event in the Bay Area.”

”The Pac-12 Conference has helped make Levi’s Stadium a showcase for great college football and we look forward to continuing that relationship through this game, the Foster Farms Bowl, and the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship,” said 49ers President Al Guido. “Fan support for college football at Levi’s Stadium has been outstanding and the reaction to our recently launched Bay Area College Football Fan Program shows that interest is on the rise.”