Oregon's road to the 2014 College Football Playoff now goes through Santa Clara, Calif.
The Pac-12 announced on Thursday that the conference championship game between its North and South Division winners on Dec. 5 will be played at Levi's Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.
The Ducks will participate in the first college game at Levi's Stadium against California on Oct. 24.
Commissioner Larry Scott said other markets with NFL stadiums in the conference's footprint -- Denver, Phoenix, Seattle -- were not considered. The $1.2 billion Levi's Stadium is the new home of the Fight Hunger Bowl and will host the Super Bowl in 2016.
"We only had conversations with the 49ers. This was a unique opportunity because this is a state-of-the-art venue," Scott said on a teleconference with the media. "We were not going to take other cities through a process just to take them through a process."
The Pac-12 title game will be contested at Levi's Stadium for at least three years after being hosted by the division winner with the best conference record the past three seasons.
Oregon defeated UCLA in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game at Autzen Stadium in 2011.
"With the three-year agreement, I think we'll have a good barometer at that stage and we'll evaluate from there," Scott said.
Levi's Stadium could emerge as an attractive location for marquee nonconference games, similar to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Ducks lost to LSU at the Dallas Cowboys' venue in 2011.
Support for the three on-campus championship games was mixed with 59,376 attending the game at Autzen Stadium, 31,622 witnessing Stanford's home win over UCLA in 2012 and 69,535 showing up for Arizona State's home loss to the Cardinal in 2013.
San Francisco 49ers president Paraag Marathe expects the Pac-12 championship game to be a sold-out event at the 68,500-seat Levi's Stadium.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 19 to season ticket holders of the conference's member institutions and donors. Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. May 23 and are available at Pac-12.com/tickets.
Ekpre-Olomu on Lott watch list
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is one of 42 players named to the watch list for the 2014 Lott Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's best defensive player, regardless of position.
Oregon's all-America cornerback was second on the team last season with 84 tackles. Ekpre-Olomu could have been a first- or second-round pick in last week's NFL draft but opted to return to finish his degree at UO and play his senior season for the Ducks.
Oregon State senior linebacker Michael Doctor is also a preseason candidate for the Lott Trophy, which was won last season by UCLA's Anthony Barr.
Harrington scholarship winners announced
The Harrington Family Foundation (HFF), which was established by former Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington to help students pursing higher education, announced its first-ever recipients of the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship.
Liam Rowley (Central Catholic), Jessica Trinh (De La Salle North Catholic), Shawntell Michalke (South Medford) and Julianne Robinson (Lebanon) were selected from 162 applications to receive a four-year renewable scholarship for $2,500 to attend an in-state university, college or trade school.
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