TED LEWIS, The Advocate
New Orleans is back in the national championship game business.
The city was awarded the 2020 College Football Playoff title game on Wednesday, beating out five other contenders.
"New Orleans is an iconic city in college football. Excellent bid," CFP's Bill Hancock said.
It will be the 24th time the national champion has been involved in a game in New Orleans. But it will be the first time since Alabama and LSU met for the 2011 BCS title as well as the first time to be played outside the direct auspices of the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Santa Clara, California, home of Levi’s Stadium received the 2019 game, which New Orleans had also bid on, while Atlanta will be the site of the 2018 championship. The Sugar Bowl is a CFP semifinal site that season and could not host both games.
CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock made the announcement following a vote by the 10 FBS conference commissioners plus Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick at their meeting in Chicago.