Well, with Utah in the fray, the concept of a PAC football championship is pretty much a foregone conclusion. In reading about the experiences of other conferences in their respective championship games, it strikes me that venue/location have a major role to play in the success (or lack thereof) of the championship.
Since the PAC Championship in basketball was resurrected, I think it’s been an overwhelming success - for the fans. The Staples venue and set-up are great, and the LA location allows for every fan base to be represented. While many coaches downplay the role that the conference tournament play in prepping for March, as a fan, I have enjoyed it every year. I strongly believe that the venue and location chosen for the tournament play a big part in why the tournament has been such a fun event. My fan experience and opinion would be dramatically different if we were playing in the LB Pyramid or Forum.
So, how can the PAC institute a championship game in football while still catering to the fan experience and avoid some of the perceived pitfalls of what the ACC product has become? In my opinion, it comes down to location, location, location.
Without a NFL stadium in the greater LA area, it makes translating the basketball blueprint more difficult. I don't really see a slam dunk venue currently, so I thought I would create a poll to see where BN would like to see the championship game be played.
Where should the PAC Football Championship game be played?
Qualcomm - SD (33 votes)
Mausoleum - Downtown LA (4 votes)
Rose Bowl - Pasadena (165 votes)
Candlestick/Santa Clara 49ers stadium - Bay Area (40 votes)
Black Hole - Oakland Coliseum (6 votes)
Quest Field - Seattle (4 votes)
Invesco - Denver (6 votes)
University of Phx - Glendale (63 votes)
321 total votes