In his remarks which opened Pac-12 Football Media Day, Commissioner Larry Scott announced that the Pac-12 Championship Game will follow the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament and head to Las Vegas in 2020. The game will be played at Las Vegas Stadium, which is currently under construction and will become the new home of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders as well as the UNLV Rebels next year.
“[W]e’ve always envisioned taking this crown jewel event to other major markets around our footprint, and today I’m very excited and pleased to announce that our Football Championship Game for the years 2020 and 2021 will be played in the brand-new Las Vegas Stadium, the new home of the NFL Raiders,” Scott said. “I’ve had a chance to visit the stadium, see the plans, hope many of you have, as well. It is truly state-of-the art in every respect. It’ll be convenient. It’s right off the strip, close to the airport, and it’s going to be a fantastic destination for football fans to enjoy the best of Pac-12 football in our championship game.”
Obviously, this makes traveling to the Pac-12 Championship Game easier for fans in the Los Angeles area as Vegas is closer to Westwood than Santa Clara. So, in that respect this is probably a positive move in the eyes of Bruin fans.
At the same time, it’s now up to Chip Kelly and the coaching staff to build a team which can actually win the Pac-12 South so that the UCLA Bruins and Bruin fans and alums will have a reason to be in Vegas for the Pac-12 Championship Game.