The Pac-12 has agreed in principle to move it’s championship football game to Las Vegas, Nevada when the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, who are moving to Las Vegas, open their new stadium in 2020,conference commissioner Larry Scott announced (h/t ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura).
“Our Pac-12 universities and entire conference are thrilled to have our 2020 and 2021 football championship event take place in one of the most anticipated new venues in sports,” Scott said in a statement. “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 deal is not officially final as of yet, but it is expected to be completed in the near future.
The deal will see the championship game, the Las Vegas Bowl, take place at the new stadium for at least two years.
The PAC-12’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments already are held in Las Vegas, Nevada.