Lucas Oil Stadium Turns Down Request From NFL To Host AFC Championship Game

Thanks, but no thanks.

Indianapolis has reportedly turned down a request from the National Football League to host a potential neutral site AFC Championship Game later this month at Lucas Oil Stadium, according to Joe Schroeder of FOX59 News.

The city declined to host the title game because of scheduling conflicts.

Due to the cancellation of the Bengals-Bills game, the NFL came up with a resolution to the seeding. Under the new guidelines, the NFL decided that the AFC Championship Game would be played at a neutral side if the following scenarios played out:

  • Scenario 1: If the Bills and Chiefs both win or both tie, a Buffalo versus Kansas City AFC Championship Game would be played at a neutral site. 
  • Scenario 2: If the Bills and Chiefs both lose and the Ravens win or tie, a Buffalo versus Kansas City AFC Championship Game would be played at a neutral site. 
  • Scenario 3: If the Bills and Chiefs both lose and the Bengals win, a Buffalo or Cincinnati versus Kansas City AFC Championship Game would be played at a neutral site. 

It’s unclear which other cities the NFL has reached out to about potentially hosting a neutral site AFC Championship Game.