How's Tampa doing as College Football Playoff host? 'Great,' officials say
TAMPA - Aside from who wins Monday's College Football Playoff national title game, here's the other question I've been wondering this week: How is Tampa doing as a host?
"Tampa has been awesome," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "It really has. Some of the people complain about the weather the last day, but hey, we had snow up in Clemson, so it's been just fine here. This has been great."
That last word - great - is the same one SEC commissioner Greg Sankey used. He said he liked how the playoff is in a new site, after the previous two championships were held at familiar, big-stage sites (the Dallas Cowboys' coliseum in Arlington, Texas, and the Fiesta Bowl site in Arizona).
"I think there's health in being in a new place..." Sankey said. "This is the first time we've had really a downtown footprint for a championship game since the CFP's been in place. Dallas was spread out. Phoenix was spread out. Both were great hosts. I think this is a different experience, and I think that's positive."