SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pac-12 Conference will announce at a news conference Thursday that it is moving the league championship game to the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara, a person familiar with the decision said.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Wednesday because the official announcement is pending. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, 49ers CEO Jed York and team President Paraag Marathe are scheduled to unveil additional details for the conference's championship game at Levi's Stadium on Thursday.
Scott said last week that the league was mulling whether to move its championship game to the 68,500-seat, $1.2 billion stadium that opens this year. The first three conference championship games have been held in the stadium of the division champion with the best conference record — Oregon in 2011, Stanford in 2012 and Arizona State last year.
"We're not dissatisfied with what we have," Scott said during a break at the conference's meetings in Phoenix last week. "But there are some unique opportunities, particularly this Levi's opportunity."
Attendance was good at two of the three title games, with Stanford being the exception — partly due to rain and a 5 p.m. Friday kickoff that gridlocked traffic in the Bay Area. The SEC, Big Ten and ACC stage their title games at neutral sites.
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