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End of an era: Pac-12 Championship Game headed to Las Vegas

League crown to be contested at the new Raiders stadium next season.

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Utah Utes defensive tackle Leki Fotu (99) warms-up on the Levi’s Stadium field before the Pac 12 Championship game between Utah and Oregon in Santa Clara, Calif. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It was the end of an era Friday night at Levi’s Stadium. After a six-year run hosting the Pac-12 Championship Game, the home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers will no longer do so — at least not in 2020 or 2021. The conference title tilt is moving to Allegiant Stadium, the new venue being built for the Las Vegas Raiders.

In his annual pregame press conference, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott acknowledged and thanked their partners from Levi’s Stadium and the 49ers for “a great partnership” and for “really helping us establish this neutral site football championship game.”

Before moving the game here in 2014, the Pac-12 title game was held at school sites — Oregon (2011), Stanford (2012) and Arizona State (2013).        

Scott reminded reporters that Las Vegas is set to begin the next the next chapter in the game. He once again thanked the folks from Levi’s Stadium, the 49ers and Santa Clara in establishing the new model. 

Other supporters of the game were also recognized.

“This is a well-supported event,” Scott said. “We very much appreciate all partners. The number of parters we have has steadily grown over the years that we’ve been here.”