LOS ANGELES – The Pac-12 Conference today announced that the 2020 and 2021 host site for the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76®, will be in Las Vegas at the new home of the Raiders, one of the National Football League's most state-of-the-art venues. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott made the announcement today during the 2019 Pac-12 Football Media Day in partnership with Las Vegas Stadium and the Raiders, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and MGM Resorts International.
"Our Pac-12 universities and entire Conference are thrilled to have our 2020 and 2021 football championship event take place in one of the most anticipated new venues in sports," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. "Highlighting and showcasing our programs on one of the biggest stages in a major destination market is a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes, universities and fans, and consistent with our mission to create the best possible experiences for student-athletes. We are excited to work with our new partners in the Raiders, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and MGM Resorts International for these events."
"I want to thank the San Francisco 49ers and Levi's Stadium for what has been a fantastic five-year run and we look forward to what will be another exciting championship event in Santa Clara this year," added Scott. "The 49ers and Levi's Stadium have been great partners in building our flagship football event and taking it to new heights."
Today's announcement marks the second new event to be scheduled for the Las Vegas Stadium which is also set to host the 2020 Las Vegas Bowl, featuring a Pac-12 opponent against either a Big Ten or SEC opponent, after the event moves following the 2019 game. With Las Vegas already hosting the 2020 Pac-12 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, the 2020 and 2021 football title games will bring the Conference's championship event to the city for the first time. Serving as home of the Raiders, the 1.75-million-square-foot stadium will also provide the most start-of-the-art facilities for the champions of the Pac-12 North and South divisions as well as a full slate of surrounding entertainment options for fans in attendance. Since the Conference's move of its men's and women's basketball tournaments to Las Vegas, the events have drawn sensational crowds and set multiple attendance records.
"As Las Vegas and the Raiders prepare to debut a world-class stadium, the LVCVA is proud to partner with the Raiders and MGM Resorts International to bring the elite Conference of Champions to the destination," said Steve Hill, CEO and president of the LVCVA.
"The Raiders are excited to host Pac-12 universities and their passionate fans in Las Vegas for the 2020 and 2021 Pac-12 Football Championship Games," said Raiders President Marc Badain. "The Raiders are proud to work alongside the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and MGM Resorts International in helping to bring this showcase event to the newest world-class venue in Las Vegas. We'd like to thank Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and the Pac-12 universities and fans for this tremendous opportunity."
George Kliavkoff, President of Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts International, said, "We have had a long-standing partnership with the Pac-12 that includes hosting the Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. Pac-12 fans are some of the best in collegiate sports and we are proud to extend our relationship with the Conference and its fans to the football championship games in 2020 and 2021."
With the venue located in one of the most entertainment-centric cities, fan entertainment both in and outside of the venue is set to provide for a fantastic experience for student-athletes and fans alike. Future locations for the Pac-12 Football Championship Game beyond 2021 will be determined and announced at a later date.
The agreement in principle with Las Vegas is expected to be finalized in the near future.
For this upcoming season, the 2019 Pac-12 Football Championship Game will return to Levi's Stadium for its sixth straight year. The league's title game moved to the Silicon Valley venue in 2014 when the stadium opened, the first ever neutral site of the Conference's football championship game. Over the past five years the event has grown to include a series of ancillary functions, including a complete fan fest, ahead of the game, while providing student-athletes the chance to play in one of the NFL's newest stadiums.
Tickets for this season's 2019 Pac-12 Football Championship at Levi's Stadium go on sale today, Wednesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. PT and are available at Pac-12.com/tickets. The game will take place Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. PT More information on ticketing can be found at Pac-12.com/tickets. Fans should call 415-464-9377 ext. 2 to learn more about premium hospitality and group ticket options.
For continued coverage of the 2019 Pac-12 Football Media Day, as well as coverage of the entire 2019 Pac-12 football season, tune into Pac-12 Networks or visit Pac-12.com.
About the Pac-12 Conference
The Conference has a tradition as the "Conference of Champions," leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 53 of the last 59 years, with 526 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities - the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference's programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to Pac-12.com/conference.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 30 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company recently acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York and Hard Rock Rocksino in Ohio, which was rebranded as MGM Northfield Park. In 2018, MGM Resorts opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 82,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.