Goodyear Cotton Bowl moving dates in 2017

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2016


The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is moving to Saturday beginning
with the 2017 season.
The College Football Playoff announced that the Classic will be
played on three consecutive Saturdays starting on December 30, 2017,
December 29, 2018, and December 28, 2019. The game in 2018 is a
Playoff Semifinal. Game times will be announced at a later date.
“This is wonderful news for our game,” said Jay McAuley,
Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “Saturdays are
tradition. They are tailor-made for college football. It’s a day when
families and friends come together to watch and talk college football.
We couldn’t have asked for a better timeslot to showcase the Goodyear
Cotton Bowl and Texas hospitality to fans that choose to spend part of
their holiday weekend with us at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.”
Historically, the Classic has been played prior to New Year’s
Day only twice – December 31, 1966, and this past season when the
Goodyear Cotton Bowl hosted the College Football Playoff Semifinal on
December 31, 2015.
CBAA President and CEO Rick Baker welcomes this opportunity to
showcase the Classic on Saturday. “We can’t wait,” said Baker.
“Saturday afternoons and evenings offer the perfect opportunity for
the most number of fans to attend our game or watch on ESPN, our
television partner. Protecting season ticket holders has always been
a priority with us. A football Saturday gives them ample opportunity
to travel to North Texas to enjoy the Cotton Bowl experience and then
return home without missing a lot of work days. This is great news for
our game and the College Football Playoff.”
Before moving to three consecutive Saturdays, the Classic will
play this season at Noon on Monday, January 2, 2017. As a member of
the College Football Playoff “New Year’s Six,” the Goodyear Cotton
Bowl hosts one of college football’s premier bowl matchups on an
annual basis, including a Playoff Semifinal every third year.
The Cotton Bowl Classic was formed in 1937 with the mission of
providing the most innovative of all college football bowl games and
to be a leader in creating premier college sports experiences for
universities, student-athletes, sponsors and the community. Since the
inaugural game in 1937, the Classic has contributed more than $200
million to participating institutions. Each year, football fans
attending the Cotton Bowl Classic generate more than $30 million in
economic impact for the North Texas community.
Future playoff semifinals will be on Saturdays and holidays
Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football
Playoff (CFP), announced a shift in scheduling to the semifinal games
in years 5, 6, 11 and 12 of the rotation.
With this adjustment, all semifinals games will be played on
Saturdays or holidays.
“We had healthy discussions with a lot of people who love
college football and we concluded that making these changes would be
the right thing to do for our fans.” said Hancock.
“We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when
it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we
think we can do better. These adjustments will allow more people to
experience the games they enjoy so much. For these four years, our
previous call is reversed.”
Hancock pointed out that the semifinals do remain on one weekday
New Year’s Eve—Friday, December 31, 2021—which will be the federally
observed New Year’s holiday.
Here are the dates of the future semifinals (asterisks indicate
years when the schedule has been changed):
2016-17 Saturday, December 31 Fiesta and Peach
2017-18 Monday, January 1 Rose and Sugar
*2018-19 Saturday, December 29 Cotton and Orange
*2019-20 Saturday, December 28 Fiesta and Peach
2020-21 Friday, January 1 Rose and Sugar
2021-22 Friday, December 31 Orange and Bowl TBD
2022-23 Saturday, December 31 Bowls TBD
2023-24 Monday, January 1 Rose and Sugar
*2024-25 Saturday, December 28 Orange and Bowl TBD
*2025-26 Saturday, December 27 Bowls TBD
As noted above, the semifinals will be played in the Orange,
Rose and Sugar Bowls at least through 2025-26. The CFP expects to
determine the other semifinals sites for the 2021-22 season and
thereafter some time in 2018.
About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No.
2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among the
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl,
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual
and Fiesta Bowl. The 2016 semifinals will take place December 31, at
the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The national championship
game will be Monday, January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in
Tampa, Florida.


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