Indianapolis considers hosting college football playoff championship game

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 14, 2015) - Could Indianapolis host the College Football Playoff Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in the future?

The Indiana Sports Corp president and vice president are considering bidding to host the game in the Circle City. Monday night, Ohio State played Oregon in Texas, during the first playoff championship game. The Buckeyes won.

Ryan Vaughn, Indiana Sports Corp president, said there are many factors that need to be reviewed before a decision is made to put in a bid.

“I’m confident--should we decide to pursue and should we be awarded an opportunity--that we could put on a premier event, which it would be our goal to change that event going forward," Vaughn said.

Vaughn said their agency considers a number of factors when they want to host an event like economic impact, community impact, if they have enough space and room to host the event, and whether there are other events going on at the same time.

The game will be hosted in Phoenix next year and in Tampa the following year. The next available years are 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Vaughn said they were told the projected economic impact in Texas, which hosted the game, was $300 million. It is unclear how much it would cost to host the game and whether that price is worth it.

Indiana Sports Corp is waiting for a list of requirements, since they are considering possibly wanting to host the event. Those requirements are called bid specs and they should be released next month.

“We’ll know more when we get those bid specs in February, but we were very pleased to visit...the first-ever college football playoff championship game and it’s certainly an exciting premiere sporting event," Vaughn said.