College Football Championship Coming to Indy

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(Image Courtesy of Lucas Oil Stadium) (Image Courtesy of Lucas Oil Stadium)
INDIANAPOLIS -

Lucas Oil Stadium will be the site of the 2022 College Football National Championship game. Texas-based College Football Playoff is the organization that runs the game, which pits the winners of two semi-final bowl games head-to-head on a Monday night, nationally-televised match-up. Executive Director Bill Hancock says the goal was to play the game in 10 different cities during the first 10 years of the format, which launched in 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Visit Indy tells Inside INdiana Business the event brings with it a potential $150 million economic impact.

"The CFP National Championship is one of the most popular sporting events in the United States and we're proud to bring the game to fans in different regions of the country," said Hancock in a news release. "Each of the four cities chosen met or exceeded our standards for selection. Each has a first-class stadium that our fans will enjoy, a great convention center, excellent hotels for teams and fans, and the communities have successful track records of hosting major events. Each city also has wonderful, supportive people who we rely on to host a successful game."

The new batch of cities awarded the championship game includes:

2021: Miami-South Florida (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida)
2022: Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana)
2023: Los Angeles (Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, California)
2024: Houston (NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas)

This year's game will be played in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, followed by Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in 2019, California and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans in 2020. The first games were played in Texas, Arizona, and Florida.

This story will be updated and Inside INdiana Business will be on-site for an announcement Wednesday afternoon.

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