Indianapolis ready for CFP National Championship game


The national college football champion will be crowned in Indianapolis for the first time Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

INDIANAPOLIS – The National College Football Championship celebration in Indianapolis is brewing.

Playoff Fan Central is under construction at the Indiana Convention Center. The Fan Activation Space is a 335,000 square foot playground for fans of all ages.

The stage goes up to Monument Circle for three days of concerts. All free downtown events lead up to the National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia on Monday at 8:15 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“We love the activity of coming back to Indianapolis and we love Indianapolis so that we can show other cities how to do it,” said Brian Mahone, commander of the special operations office of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. “We’re kind of taking the lead on this. We’re really proud of what we do at big events.”

Downtown hotels are fully booked this weekend. COVID-19 is still with us in 2022. But that doesn’t stop fans from coming to Indy for the National College Football Playoff Championship.

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“Hotel occupancy, rental of special event venues looks very healthy – a virtual sold-out downtown,” said Chris Gahl, senior vice president of Visit Indy. tourism / hospitality workforce is employed and moving forward. “

A healthy economic impact of $ 150 million is estimated from the portfolios of 100,000 visitors to Indianapolis. But what about the health of all these people who rub shoulders with the locals? Are we going to broadcast more than Hoosier hospitality?

“If you are sick, if you have a cough, if you have a runny nose, if you have a fever, please do not attend an event,” said Dr Michele Saysana of IU Health. “Don’t go to an event with your family and don’t go to the college football championship.

Lucas Oil Stadium will be at full capacity with masks strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.

“People know what it takes to be safe,” said Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department. “Wear this mask indoors. Get vaccinated with boosters. Get tested before the game. “

But neither proof of vaccination nor COVID testing is required for fans going to the game.

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The National Men’s College Basketball Champion was crowned at Lucas Oil Stadium in April. Now, for the first time, the national soccer champion will be crowned in Indianapolis on Monday evening.

“It is a tremendous honor and a great point of pride that our city has been able to be the center of the universe of varsity sport in recent years,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

Monument Circle will host free concerts on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. All spectators will enter the Circle from the south from Washington Street through metal detectors starting at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and at noon on Monday.


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