ARLINGTON, Texas. The Big 12 championship game will remain in the home of the Dallas Cowboys until at least 2025, the season after Texas and Oklahoma go to the Southeastern Conference.
The contract extension, announced Wednesday, means the first nine games since the return of the Big 12 title game in 2017 will be played at 80,000-seat AT&T Stadium. This became known during the Commissioner’s speech. Brett Yorkmarkfirst official week at work.
The Big 12 had no championship games from 2011 to 2016 after the league was down to 10 teams. The Conference brought back the title game despite the regular season’s round robin schedule, believing that an extra game would help propel the league champion to the college football playoffs.
If Texas and Oklahoma do not leave early for the SEC, the Big 12 will include 14 teams for two seasons in 2023-2024, as well as Cincinnati, Houston, BYU and UCF.
The Big 12 could expand to this again due to the uncertainty surrounding the Pac-12 following the move of Southern California and UC into the Big Ten. These schools are due to move in 2024.
Since the launch of the Big 12 in 1996, the first 13 league games have rotated between the home grounds of the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, and St. Louis Rams, as well as the former home of the Cowboys in Irving, a suburb of Dallas.
AT&T Stadium has been the sole venue for the title game since 2009, similar to the Big 12 basketball tournament and its home in Kansas City, Missouri. The men’s and women’s tournaments have been held in Kansas City since 2010 and will run until at least 2027.
Big 12 title game to remain at home of Cowboys until 2025 originally appeared on NBCSports.com