The inaugural first-round games of a 12-team College Football Playoff will feature one game Friday, Dec. 20, 2024, and three games Dec. 21, 2024, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said Thursday following the conclusion of CFP spring meetings.

The CFP is also zeroing in on confirming midweek games for the 2024 quarterfinals, with three games Jan. 1, 2025, and the fourth quarterfinal game either New Year’s Eve or Jan. 2, 2025, to avoid competing against the NFL wild-card weekend.

The College Football Playoff management committee, which is composed of the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, met for 2½ days at the Las Colinas Resort to discuss a wide range of logistics for implementing the new format in time for the start of the 2024 season.

The first-round games will be held at either the home field of the higher-seeded team or at another site designated by the higher-seeded institution (No. 12 at No. 5, No. 11 at No. 6, No. 10 at No. 7, and No. 9 at No. 8.).

The CFP’s management committee continued to discuss ticket allotments for on-campus games, but Hancock said that in general, the host school will sell the tickets and the season-ticket holders will have an opportunity to buy playoff tickets the same way. Visiting teams will also have an allotment, but the CFP hasn’t determined how many or where they will sit in the stadium.

For the 2024 and 2025 seasons, the four quarterfinal games and two playoff semifinal games will be played in bowls on a rotating basis. The 2024 quarterfinals will take place in the Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, while the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the semifinals. The 2025 quarterfinals will take place in the Cotton, Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls, while the Fiesta and Peach Bowls will host the semifinals.

The national championship games will be played Jan. 20, 2025, in Atlanta, and Jan. 19, 2026, in Miami. The CFP’s management committee continued to discuss lingering issues such as the media rights agreement, campus hotels for the first-round games, and how the expanded playoff will coexist with December commencement and exams.