Indianapolis officials say they’re up for the challenge of hosting the eighth annual College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2022, even as they're planning six other big sporting events that take place within a 13-month stretch.
The Indy Eleven are succeeding on the field this year, but struggling to maintain their spot as North American Soccer League attendance leader. And serious concerns about the NASL’s future have emerged, casting an even bigger shadow over the local team.
Officials with the soccer team are in ongoing discussions about the possibility of playing future games in Lucas Oil Stadium, while a soccer news website reports that the team will join the United Soccer League for its 2018 season.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Lucas Oil Stadium was "briefly considered" as the site of the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. But a desire to have the game in a more intimate facility led the league and team officials to choose the 18,165-seat Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host the game.
Major League Soccer on Wednesday announced four finalists for the two expansion clubs it is scheduled to add by the end of the year. Indianapolis is not among the four, but MLS said the city could be considered for two other franchises it wants to add in the future.