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Tampa officials interested in college football title game

Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 05:49 AM

If college football proceeds with plans for a playoff system, capped by a national championship game, Rob Higgins nominates Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as an ideal neutral-site host.

Higgins, the executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, said the Bay area hopes to enter the bidding for a national title game in college football, perhaps as early as the 2014 season.

"We continue to monitor the overall situation and if the opportunity arises, we'd be very interested,'' Higgins said Friday. "A neutral-site national championship game would make a lot of sense.''

After decades of resistance, the NCAA appears to be moving toward a four-team college football playoff, beginning after the 2014 regular season and existing bowl games.

"There's nothing to respond to at the moment,'' Higgins said. "We've got a great stadium that works really well with major events and we've got a compact centralized location. We feel there are lots of factors in our favor. All in all, we're very interested.''

Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls, including two at Raymond James Stadium in 2001 and 2009.

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