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  • ctrabs74
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    Originally posted by Uindy18 View Post

    Ya, I know that there would be some significant logistical hurdles to consider for this, especially if you played multiple games at the same time. The D1 Purdue, Indiana, and Notre Dame games would get the majority of people down there, and they would be tough to bring in anyway. However, if any city could build the event up in that way, it would be Indianapolis. I am a bit biased, but Indianapolis is one of the best places in the country to host major sporting events. I just think that adding the local interest would be much better for the event instead of 2 schools from halfway across the country playing one sparsely attended game in a cavernous NFL stadium.
    Absolutely agree with you about Indy being a great city to host a sporting event. I remember covering the 2016 Women's Final Four and fell in love with Banker's Life Fieldhouse (or whatever they're gonna call it now) - that's a perfect mix of classic meets new school as far as arenas go (it's a heck of a lot better than the American Airlines Center in Dallas). I've always felt Indy was an underrated city compared to most cities (just wait until Nashville gets their new domed stadium for the Titans).

    As for the last comment, you can bill any neutral site game with D1 teams as a big draw, but that doesn't always mean you're gonna draw a boatload of fans. AT&T Stadium hosted Stanford and Kansas State in a Week 1 made-for-TV contest (Allstate Kickoff Classic) and drew 28,669. By contrast, the Texas 5A-Division II state high school football championship game held in December (and featuring Dallas South Oak Cliff, who became the first Dallas ISD school to win a state football championship in over half a century) drew 45,769 to AT&T. I don't think it's a coincidence that there's no Week 1 game being played in Arlington this college football season.

    Notre Dame would certainly draw at Lucas Oil Stadium because, duh, they're Notre Dame. If Purdue at least remains reasonably competitive in the B1G, the Boilermakers could at least draw a decent crowd to Indy. IU and Ball State, eh, not so much (unless it were, say, IU vs. THE Overrated State University of Columbus, Meatchicken or Meatchicken Light).

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  • Uindy18
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    Originally posted by ctrabs74 View Post

    It certainly couldn't hurt, though I think a lot would have to depend on how the NFL schedule plays out and how the Indiana High School Athletic Association schedules work out. Multi-game football festivals outside of state championships tend to struggle to draw (The LSC tried this at AT&T Stadium a few years ago, and as I recall, it didn't seem to work out too well), so what might sound like a great idea in theory might not work out.
    Ya, I know that there would be some significant logistical hurdles to consider for this, especially if you played multiple games at the same time. The D1 Purdue, Indiana, and Notre Dame games would get the majority of people down there, and they would be tough to bring in anyway. However, if any city could build the event up in that way, it would be Indianapolis. I am a bit biased, but Indianapolis is one of the best places in the country to host major sporting events. I just think that adding the local interest would be much better for the event instead of 2 schools from halfway across the country playing one sparsely attended game in a cavernous NFL stadium.

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  • ctrabs74
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    Originally posted by LT93bunny View Post
    Grapevine has Fayetteville State vs Virginia Union!! Word is Fayetteville would rather play in Fayetteville for a home game instead of flying to Indy to play in Lucas Oil!! Wow!!!
    Honestly, I don't blame FSU for balking about flying to Indy for a conference game which could just as easily be played in Charlotte, Greensboro or, for that matter, Washington (though, no sane college football program would wanna play in the Eyesore of Landover).

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  • ctrabs74
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    Originally posted by Uindy18 View Post
    As an Indianapolis native, I will throw in my two cents. The Circle City Classic used to be a really good event with the Black Expo, one of the bigger events held downtown in the early 2000s. However, due to a bevy of reasons from issues with the Black Expo, to Indy focusing more on bigger events like the CFP, and an inability to attract the HBCU FCS powers, the event simply doesn't seem to be able to draw the way it used to be. From what I have heard from people that attended, high school games and second-tier soccer games in Lucas Oil are better attended than this. There have been rumors year after year that the Circle City Classic won't return for the next year.

    Honestly, I think it is kinda sad that the event has dropped off the way it has. I love a unique neutral site event in any form for college football, but this one has always had the challenge of a lack of HBCUs anywhere near Indianapolis (pretty much none in Indiana, the closest two are probably Kentucky State and Central State to my knowledge). I know the Circle City Classic has always been an HBCU thing, but a facelift into an "Indiana Football Weekend" would be really cool way to keep the event alive. You can even sprinkle in some high school games played downtown on Friday.

    From an Indianapolis perspective, I feel that a weekend of Indiana schools competing at Lucas Oil (and maybe events at the other downtown Indianapolis venues namely Victory Field and Carroll Stadium) would be a great alternative. I would love a slate of FCS (Indiana State vs. Butler/Valpo), FBS (Purdue/Indiana vs. Notre Dame/Ball State), DIII (Trine/Wabash/Depauw/ Rose-Hulman vs. Franklin/Hanover/Anderson/Manchester). I would also love Indianapolis to move a home game down there and take on a Grand Valley State or Tiffin. The Indiana NAIA schools (Taylor, Indiana Wesleyan, Marian, Saint Francis) could bring in some games as well.
    It certainly couldn't hurt, though I think a lot would have to depend on how the NFL schedule plays out and how the Indiana High School Athletic Association schedules work out. Multi-game football festivals outside of state championships tend to struggle to draw (The LSC tried this at AT&T Stadium a few years ago, and as I recall, it didn't seem to work out too well), so what might sound like a great idea in theory might not work out.

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  • Uindy18
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    As an Indianapolis native, I will throw in my two cents. The Circle City Classic used to be a really good event with the Black Expo, one of the bigger events held downtown in the early 2000s. However, due to a bevy of reasons from issues with the Black Expo, to Indy focusing more on bigger events like the CFP, and an inability to attract the HBCU FCS powers, the event simply doesn't seem to be able to draw the way it used to be. From what I have heard from people that attended, high school games and second-tier soccer games in Lucas Oil are better attended than this. There have been rumors year after year that the Circle City Classic won't return for the next year.

    Honestly, I think it is kinda sad that the event has dropped off the way it has. I love a unique neutral site event in any form for college football, but this one has always had the challenge of a lack of HBCUs anywhere near Indianapolis (pretty much none in Indiana, the closest two are probably Kentucky State and Central State to my knowledge). I know the Circle City Classic has always been an HBCU thing, but a facelift into an "Indiana Football Weekend" would be really cool way to keep the event alive. You can even sprinkle in some high school games played downtown on Friday.

    From an Indianapolis perspective, I feel that a weekend of Indiana schools competing at Lucas Oil (and maybe events at the other downtown Indianapolis venues namely Victory Field and Carroll Stadium) would be a great alternative. I would love a slate of FCS (Indiana State vs. Butler/Valpo), FBS (Purdue/Indiana vs. Notre Dame/Ball State), DIII (Trine/Wabash/Depauw/ Rose-Hulman vs. Franklin/Hanover/Anderson/Manchester). I would also love Indianapolis to move a home game down there and take on a Grand Valley State or Tiffin. The Indiana NAIA schools (Taylor, Indiana Wesleyan, Marian, Saint Francis) could bring in some games as well. It could look like the table below:
    Friday 7 pm HS Game 1 (Cathedral vs. Warren Central) HS Game 2 (New Palestine vs. Brownsburg) HS Game 3 (Tech vs. Ben Davis)
    Saturday 11 am Valparaiso vs. Non-Conference NCAA DI FCS 1(ex. Eastern Kentucky) Trine vs. Hanover Taylor vs. Non-Conference NAIA 1 (ex. Campbellsville)
    Saturday 4 pm Indiana State vs. Butler Saint Francis vs. Non-Conference NAIA 3 (ex. Kentucky Christian) Indiana Wesleyan vs. Non-Conference NAIA 3 (ex. Georgetown)
    Saturday 8 pm Purdue vs. Notre Dame Marian vs.Non-Conference NAIA 4 (ex. The Cumberlands) DePauw vs. Rose-Hulman
    Sunday Noon Indianapolis vs. Non-Conference NCAA Division II 1 (ex. Tiffin) Wabash vs. Franklin Anderson vs. Non-Conference NCAA DIII 1 (ex. Chicago)
    Sunday 5 pm Indiana vs. Ball State Manchester vs. Non-Conference NCAA DIII 2 (ex. Centre) Open if venue shift needed for NFL/USL/MILB Schedule
    Last edited by Uindy18; 06-21-2022, 05:14 PM.

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  • WSSU1996
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    Interesting. I get that Fayetteville State wants the home game because it basically equates to a "golden marketing" opportunity for both universities but not a revenue generator. Each team's travel and lodging will be comped, however, unless the local Indianapolis community comes out to support it, it will flop. Most D2 HBCUs are the last ones invited because organizers fear low attendance numbers. Winston played against FAMU when we were attempting to transition to D1, and if memory serves me, there were only about 20k to 25k in attendance for a stadium that held 60k. So, visually it looked empty. Kelly Rowland (Bump Like This) from Destiny's Child performed at halftime and was the Grand Marshall in the parade. Admittedly, there was lots of fanfare surrounding the Classic, and the game was nationally televised. Lucas Oil Stadium was under construction at the time, and that was the last Circle City Classic played in the old dome.
    Last edited by WSSU1996; 06-19-2022, 05:10 AM.

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  • LT93bunny
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    Grapevine has Fayetteville State vs Virginia Union!! Word is Fayetteville would rather play in Fayetteville for a home game instead of flying to Indy to play in Lucas Oil!! Wow!!!

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