Las Vegas Stadium to host Pac-12 football championship in 2020, 2021
Las Vegas and big-time sports have tightened their bond even more with the July 24 announcement that the city will host the Pac-12 Football championship game in 2020 and 2021 at Las Vegas Stadium, the future home of the NFL’s Raiders.
The announcement marks the second new event to be booked into the venue, which will also host the 2020 Las Vegas Bowl. The Pac-12 championship games will feature the winners of the north and south divisions. Las Vegas will also host the 2020 Pac-12 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
“Our Pac-12 universities and entire conference are thrilled to have our 2020 and 2021 football championship take place in one of the most anticipated new venues in sports,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott of the 1.75-million-square-foot stadium, now under construction. The announcement was made at the Pac-12 Football Media Day, in partnership with the Raiders, MGM Resorts International and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire).
“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.”
The football games’ move to Las Vegas follows a six-year run concluding with this year’s contest Nov. 30 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, home of the San Francisco 49ers.
“We have had a longstanding partnership with the Pac-12 that includes hosting the Men’s and Women’s basketball championships,” said George Kliavkoff, president of entertainment and sports for MGM Resorts International. “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.”
Added Steve Hill, CEO and president of the LVCVA: “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.”