College Football Playoff National Championship returning to Atlanta in 2025, sources confirm

ATLANTA — College football’s biggest game will return to Atlanta in 2025.

Multiple sources confirmed to Channel 2 sports director Zach Klein that Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2025.

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The College Football Playoff committee originally awarded the 2025 to Las Vegas to host at the Raiders’ new stadium. The reason for the move to Atlanta has not been announced.

An official announcement is expected Tuesday afternoon with Gov. Brian Kemp, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso attending. Atlanta previously hosted the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship when Alabama defeated Georgia in overtime.


Atlanta is arguably the center of college football as the city also hosts the SEC Championship, Chick-Fil-A Kickoff and Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl each year. The Peach Bowl is one of the New Year’s Six games in rotation for the College Football Playoff semifinals.

The College Football Hall of Fame is also located here.

The 2025 national championship game will kick off another impressive run of major sporting events for Atlanta. Earlier this summer, FIFA named Atlanta as one of 16 cities to host the 2026 World Cup.

The city has previously hosted 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, three Super Bowl games, four NCAA Men’s Final Four tournaments and the SEC Championship game every year since 1994.

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