When the Pac-12 Conference expanded to 12 teams a few years ago, they were able to make the always marketable move of implementing a championship game into its schedule. However, as opposed to most conference championship games that have set locations yearly, the Pac-12 went the route of having the games take place at the site of one of the teams involved.
Well according to a report from Stewart Mandel over at SI.com, that could be changing soon as the conference is in talks to move the game permanently to Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.
The Pac-12 is in discussions about holding its football conference title game annually at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Commissioner Larry Scott confirmed to SI.com in a text message on Tuesday that the league is “discussing” moving away from its current format of having one of the participants host the game, as Arizona State did last December. If a change were made, it would go into effect this season, meaning the 2014 championship game scheduled for Dec. 5 would take place in the Bay Area.
Mandel also stated in the report that there have been discussions for quite some time now between the higher ups in the conference about moving from the on-campus sites to a permanent location.
Although, that still doesn’t mean that the game won’t come with its issues still in place.
Still, attendance concerns would be significant and particularly with half of the title games on a Friday.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) May 6, 2014
You can see the past few seasons that the conference has suffered a bit with their title game, especially from placing it in a Friday night time slot. There’s no telling whether or not a move to a new location such as Levi’s Stadium will help, but it’s certainly worth a shot.