Indianapolis will host the College Football Playoff national championship game in 2022, Indiana Sports Corp. revealed Wednesday. Los Angeles' bid was led by the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC).
"When we were talking about sites, we kept asking ourselves, 'Why not a northern tier city?'" the CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. It wants to host the first 10 games in 10 different cities. The game then will go to Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium in 2022, the new National Football League stadium in Los Angeles in 2023 and Houston's NRG Stadium in 2024. "Los Angeles has always been where the world's best athletes come to make history on the biggest stage, and we can't wait to welcome the College Football Playoff National Championship to town in 2023". It is also home of course to the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing", the Indianapolis 500.
College football's finale will be the first to return to Florida in the playoff era.
"I'm confident this event will be much more than a game for our city", said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett in a statement.
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"We just kept asking ourselves, 'Why not go north?'" Hancock says. In January 2023, the game will be played at the new stadium under construction at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California.
Indianapolis is no stranger to hosting marquee events. It's previously only been played in the south or west.
But the CFP game will add to an impressive lineup to Kroenke's project. The 2018 game will be in Atlanta, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif., and 2020 in New Orleans.
The first three CFP championship games have taken place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas; at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; and at Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium.