The College Football Playoff championship game won't be returning to North Texas and AT&T Stadium for a long while. This marks the first time in college football that a championship game is not played in the South or West. And Houston is the nation's fourth-largest city and successfully hosted Super Bowl LI earlier this year at NRG Stadium.
The event is expected to have a more than $150 million economic impact on the city during the four-day event in addition to hundreds of hours of national coverage. The committee for deciding the locations had expressed to us that they would really like to see Indianapolis make a bid for the game.
"In the weeks surrounding this major sporting event, countless volunteers will become ambassadors throughout Central Indiana putting "Hoosier Hospitality" on a national stage", Indiana Sports Corp said in a release.More news: Duterte back from 'productive, engaging' Japan trip
Former director of NCAA Men's Final Four and current College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock is looking forward to bringing this iconic event to the Hoosier state.
"We said we were gonna move the championship game around when we started the Playoff", Hancock said. "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". It is also home of course to the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing", the Indianapolis 500. The game will go to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, next year, and to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans in 2020. The BCS National Championship Game was played in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl Stadium in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Semifinal game sites and dates will be announced at a later date. "We have done that".