NFL owners on Friday approved a resolution that could see the AFC Championship game played at a neutral venue later this month. If any of the three scenarios occur, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will choose the venue for the game.
If it comes to that, the game will not be played in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Business Magazine reports that city refused NFL request to host an AFC championship game. It is unknown if Indianapolis was the NFL’s first choice or one of several possible choices.
Indianapolis has scheduling conflicts with the booked Indy Convention Center. The national volleyball tournament, which is expected to attract up to 30,000 visitors to the city, will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium. This weekend, the city is seeing a peak in hotel room occupancy, exceeding 7,000 rooms.
Earlier this week, the league asked Colts executives about whether to play the game on January 28 or 29, according to the report, but Indianapolis quickly responded that Lucas Oil Stadium was unavailable.