The Pac-12's football conference championship could have a new permanent home this coming season. Sports Illustrated is reporting the San Francisco 49ers new stadium, Levi's Stadium, is in the running to become the permanent home of the title game. SI got confirmation from Commissioner Larry Scott only that the Pac-12 was considering changing the format from one of the participants hosting the game. San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg tweeted that the 49ers confirmed they were in talks to host the game.
It makes perfect sense to host the game at Levi's Stadium. We already know the stadium is going to be pretty ridiculous in terms of the bells and whistles. Arguably more important is the fact that the Bay Area has a huge Pac-12 alumni network. Cal and Stanford have the most, but plenty of Pac-12 fans are up there, and likely ready to go to the game.
The 49ers will only host 10-12 football games per year at the new stadium, so finding additional events is key to getting as much revenue out of the facility as possible. The stadium opens with an MLS match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounds FC. We'll then have two preseason games, eight regular season games, and hopefully two postseason games. Fooch's Update: I forgot to mention Cal will face Oregon at Levi's Stadium on October 24, 2014.
After that, things pick up steam. Wrestlemania 31 will go down on March 29, 2015. That will be followed on April 18 by Monster Energy AMA Supercross. They can tear the field apart all they want since the 49ers won't need it for another four months. They'll be back for another season of 49ers football, and then Super Bowl 50. Maybe the 49ers can play the big game in their own stadium!
I'd imagine there will be plenty of other events in the mix for the new stadium. It lost out on a BCS title game down the road, but I'm sure the stadium will be in the mix for that every so often.