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Football: Home Depot Center is awarded bowl games for next two years

December 14, 2012 |  9:12 pm

The CIF has awarded its state championship bowl games to the Home Depot Center for 2013 and 2014, but Executive Director Roger Blake indicated that Northern California will get to host the event starting in 2015.

The CIF is moving toward rotating its football and basketball championships between Southern California and Northern California. Sacramento has been the longtime site for the basketball championships, and its contract to host the state championships runs out after the 2015 season.

So if all goes as planned, a Northern California site will be chosen to host football in 2015 and a Southern California site will be chosen to host basketball in 2016. 

That opens the way for Citzens Business Bank Arena in Ontario or UCLA's Pauley Pavilion to put in a basketball bid for 2016.

Sacramento State could be a major bidder for football in 2015 after losing out to Home Depot for 2013 and 2014. Home Depot has hosted the football championships since their inception in 2006.

-- Eric Sondheimer