The San Francisco 49ers and Levi's Stadium have been busy bees the last year setting up numerous events at the new stadium. They are looking to add a particularly high profile event, as the Associated Press is reporting they will bid on the college football playoff championship game. They are expected to put up a bid to host either the 2018, 2019 or 2020 game.
This marks the second time the 49ers have bid on the title game. They bid on the 2017 title game, but lost out to Tampa. Glendale, Arizona (site of Super Bowl XLIX) will host the 2016 title game. The Cowboys' AT&T Stadium hosted the inaugural title game this past January. There is no word yet on who else will bid on those games.
Levi's Stadium has hosted or is lined up to host several notable events. They hosted the Pac-12 championship game this past December, and next year's Super Bowl will take place in Santa Clara. Earlier this month, they hosted an NHL Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Next month, they will host Wrestlemania 31.
The college football title game appears to be planning on the second Monday in January. This year and next year, that follows the divisional round weekend of NFL playoff action. Looking ahead, in 2017 and 2018, it would likely follow the wild card round. It is impossible to know where the 49ers will be situated come playoff time, but if they ended up hosting a wild card game, I'm curious how the NFL and college football would square that away. They couldn't have a national title game one or two days after an NFL game, given that the field would be in rough shape. It would make for an interesting standoff.