Six-year extension places Fiesta Bowl in CFP Semifinal rotation in 2022 and 2025
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl has extended its agreement with the College Football Playoff for six years, with the Fiesta Bowl hosting CFP Semifinal match-ups in the 2022-23 and 2025-26 seasons under the new term.
This agreement ensures that the Fiesta Bowl will operate CFP Semifinal contests four times in the first 12 years of the CFP. In the other eight seasons, the Fiesta Bowl features two top-12 teams as assigned by the CFP selection committee.
“This is exciting news for the Fiesta Bowl organization and our Board of Directors, Yellow Jacket Committee, volunteers, fans, community partners and sponsors,” said Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Mike Nealy. “Our extension with the College Football Playoff reflects the year-round work that enhances our legacy as a first-in-class college football bowl organization. Creating innovative experiences and driving economic growth for Arizona is our mission, and being a part of the CFP helps achieve that.”
As part of the CFP since the inaugural 2014-15 season, the Fiesta Bowl hosted the 2016-17 CFP Semifinal, with Clemson posting a 31-0 win over Ohio State, and will host the 2019-20 CFP Semifinal. This year’s game will be on Tuesday, January 1, at 11 a.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium.
“The Fiesta Bowl has provided a quality experience for the student-athletes and fans for many years, including the first four seasons of the CFP, and we know that will continue,” said CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock. “The entire state of Arizona has fully embraced the opportunity to be a part of this very popular event and to showcase the unique opportunities that the Fiesta Bowl offers to visitors.”
Over the first four seasons of the CFP, the Fiesta Bowl drove $1 Billion in economic impact, including the 2016 CFP National Championship, and the organization contributed $2.75 Billion in economic impact over the last 12 years. In addition, the Fiesta Bowl has contributed $10 million to the Arizona community over the last seven years, including $2.5 million this season alone – the most charitable giving of any college football bowl organization.
Results / Future Dates of Fiesta Bowl games as part of the College Football Playoff:
December 31, 2014 – Boise State 38, Arizona 20
January 1, 2016 – Ohio State 44, Notre Dame 28
December 31, 2016 – Clemson 31, Ohio State 0 (CFP Semifinal)
December 30, 2017 – Penn State 35, Washington 28
January 1, 2019 – 11 am Kickoff, CFP at-large vs. CFP at-large
December 28, 2019 – CFP Semifinal
2020-21 – 50th Anniversary Game; TBD, CFP at-large vs. CFP at-large
2021-22 – TBD, CFP at-large vs. CFP at-large
December 31, 2022 – CFP Semifinal
2023-24 – TBD, CFP at-large vs. CFP at-large
2024-25 – TBD, CFP at-large vs. CFP at-large
December 27, 2025 – CFP Semifinal
ABOUT THE FIESTA BOWL
The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year round, during and outside of bowl season.