When the College Football Playoffs were announced, it was revealed that six bowls will rotate who hosts the national semi-final contests each year.
The first five choices were pretty obvious: Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Rose and Cotton bowls all earned the right to be featured. But the sixth spot went to a bowl that many viewed as a second-tier game during the days of the BCS: the Peach Bowl.
Many have wondered how a game like that earned a spot in the prestigious New Year’s Six games. The answer, according to an article from the Palm Beach Post is pretty simple, proper planning and execution.
Taking the game from being outdoors in the winter to an indoor facility in Atlanta was the first major step in getting the game to where it needed to be. Slowly featuring better match ups was the next crucial step in order to get fans to not only show up at the stadium, but watch at home as well.
The real kicker, however, was the commitment the area made to the game of college football. Atlanta features the College Football Hall of Fame as well as hosts the “unofficial” opening game of the season in the form of the kickoff classic.
When you think about it, it really all makes sense. It’s a great game that will only get better once it moves into the new home of the Atlanta Falcons. The Peach Bowl will host a semi-final next season with the city hosting the National Championship game in 2018. That game will more than likely take place at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.