Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced this morning that the Pac-12 Championship Game will be held at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara for each of the next three years.
While the site is probably as close to the geographic center of the Conference as possible, it doesn't make it any easier for Pac-12 fans and students.
This year's game will be held on Friday, December 5th. For UCLA students, that means that if they choose to go, they will be travelling on a weekday of the last week instruction for the quarter.
In fact, for students at 10 of the 12 conference schools, it makes travel difficult.
The Pac-12 has now gone from a scenario where, instead of rewarding one school for having the best conference record, they are penalizing the fans and students of all their members who aren't Cal or Stanford.
While Levi's Stadium is sure to be a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility when it opens in a few months, the thing that I find most strange is that the Pac-12 has chosen to put the game in the market with the lowest attendance of the first three conference championships.
However, the thing that really ticks me off about this entire thing is that the rug is potentially being pulled out from under us months before we start a season where we should have the best conference record. In other words, if things play out the way they should, the Pac-12 Conference may just have denied UCLA an opportunity to host the P12CG at the Rose Bowl.
I guess a four-year renovation to ensure the future viability of the Rose Bowl Stadium wasn't enough to make Larry Scott want to use it for the Conference Championship.