INDIANAPOLIS — The stage is set for the College Football Playoff national championship game to be played here in Indianapolis.
The game will pit #1 Alabama vs. #3 Georgia, both of whom are teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), which is widely regarded as the best conference in college football with fans who are fiercely loyal to their teams.
That ardent fanaticism is likely to pay big dividends for the city of Indianapolis, which is the first northern city to host the CFP national championship game since its inception in 2014.
The economic impact of the game is estimated to be $150 million for Indianapolis by many economists.
“From a tourism standpoint, hotels are still virtually sold out, a lead indicator fans and visitors are still heading to Indy in less than 19 days,” Visit Indy vice president Chris Gahl to Inside Indiana Business. “We continue to work daily with city and state health officials, alongside the national and local College Football Playoff event organizers, to ensure all health and safety protocols are in place for this major event.”
As of right now, there are no COVID restrictions in place for Marion County or the city of Indianapolis ahead of the game set to happen Monday, Jan. 10. Kickoff set for 8:00 p.m. EDT.
When the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs square off in seven days’ time, it will be their second meeting of the season. The two teams faced each other in the SEC championship game, which was won by Alabama.