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College Football Playoff schedule, locations: Miami to host 2026 championship, Atlanta selected for 2025

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The College Football Playoff announced Monday that the 2026 College Football Playoff National Championship will be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Additionally, Atlanta will host the 2025 national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, per multiple reports, though that information has yet to be officially announced by the CFP. 

The College Football Playoff National Championship was previously held in Miami at the conclusion of the 2020 season but was limited in scope due to pandemic-related restrictions. Heisman-winning receiver DeVonta Smith caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns to lead Alabama past Ohio State 52-24 in the 2021 national championship game. 

“We are delighted to be returning to Miami,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “South Florida was a great host for the 2021 national championship game despite the event having to be scaled back because of COVID-19, and we look forward to returning in 2026 with a full complement of events and activities during national championship weekend.”

Atlanta, meanwhile, previously staged the national title game in 2018. Miami and Atlanta now become the only two cities to host the championship game multiple times during the CFP contract. 

These two announcements take the College Football Playoff through the end of the initial 12-year contract dating back to the 2014 college football season, when Ohio State topped Oregon for the national championship. After the Miami game in 2026, the playoff is highly likely to expand and open to new television partners when a new deal is signed ahead of the 2026 season. 

Below is a list of all of the upcoming College Football Playoff National Championship sites: 

2023

Los Angeles

SoFi Stadium

2024

Houston

NRG Stadium

2025

Atlanta 

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

2026

Miami

Hard Rock Stadium

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