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The Spirit Of St. Louis: City Looking Into Feasibility Of Hosting New Bowl Game
Published May 2, 2012
MIDWESTERN VALUES: ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg reported if the BCS opens the bidding process "to host future college football playoff games, three venues in the Big Ten footprint would be interested.” Officials from Lucas Oil Stadium, Ford Field and the Edward Jones Dome confirmed that their groups "would explore the possibility of bidding to host a semifinal or a championship game.” The BCS has yet to decide whether “neutral-site games will be held at existing bowl sites like Pasadena, Calif., or New Orleans, or whether non-bowl sites” will be allowed to bid on the games. Outdoor venues like Soldier Field are "highly unlikely to be considered," as they “bring too many potential risks and logistical headaches that the indoor venues don’t.” Indiana Sports Corp. VP/Communications John Dedman: “A BCS championship game, a BCS semifinal, whatever those options are, that would rank right up there with the best things that we’ve done over the last couple of years.” St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission PR Dir Donna Andrews noted that the Edward Jones Dome “is connected to the America’s Center convention complex, which could host the supplementary events that would take place alongside a football playoff game.” Rittenberg noted Lucas Oil Stadium has a similar setup with the Indiana Convention Center (ESPN.com 4/27).