Jacksonville bids to host College Football Playoffs

Game would generate 5 times more revenue than Florida-Georgia matchup

By Tarik Minor - Anchor, I-TEAM reporter
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JACKSONVILLE - It's a sporting event that could pour nearly $150 million into to the city of Jacksonville. The Sports and Entertainment office has officially put in a bid to host two College Football Playoff games.

The city bid on the January 2016 and 2017 national title games. 

"I think it's a great idea, anytime we can do something for the city to bring people in and we have events here, noticed around the country and around the world, it's outstanding," said Ken Dean, a local businessman.

Dean says the national notoriety would shine a favorable light on the River City, but he, and other football fans still have several doubts.

"What would we have to spend in the way of city services, police, fire, rerouting roads, those type of things. So there are some questions that I would want answered before we did it for sure," said Dean.

City leaders will have plenty of time to answer those questions.

The city of Jacksonville has put in bids for two for games that are several years away.

The first bid is for Jan. 11, 2016, and the second bid is for the Jan. 9, 2017 NCAA Division 1 football playoff games.

"I think anything they bring to Jacksonville to get people to go out would be good, I've been here in Jacksonville for a year and I've already seen Jacksonville do so many things for the city," said Jacksonville resident Samuel Ronquill.

Locals say they are glad to see city leaders, aggressively pursuing new events.

"One of the problems we have in Jacksonville, we don't have the attractions to bring people downtown, I think we missed the boat with the 2005 Super Bowl, we had it and never talked about it again. I think we are doing the right thing with the downtown Jacksonville vision," said football fan Dennis Wade.

Jacksonville has a lot of competition. The cities of Glendale, Ariz., San Antonio and Arlington, Texas, along with Tampa and  Miami have also put in bids. 

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