Moving from D.C. to Indianapolis seems kind of random until you look around and see how many other amateur sports organizations are here in Indy. Then it seems pretty obvious.

From the NCAA to the USA Gymnastics , USA Diving, USA Track and Field, to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Being considered the capital of amateur sports comes with big perks, if you think about the NCAA alone and the $40 million that’s poured into the city with each men’s Final Four. That’s not to mention the women’s Final Four, the NCAA’s annual convention, along with the men’s and women’s regional tournaments and the men’s and women’s Diving Championships.

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Indianapolis is guaranteed to be the host city of these events at least every five years through 2039, because it’s the home of the NCAA.

The hope for USA Football’s relocation to Indy is that it will help retain events like the NFL Combine and the annual convention of The American Football Coaches Association, which is expected to draw 7,000 attendees and fill more than 10,000 hotel room nights.

USA Football says it’s a win-win situation.

“We’ve been looking at this for two years. We looked all around the country, a lot of analysis went into it and in the end we wanted a more central location,” said Scott Hallenback, USA Football executive director.  “We wanted a community where we could grow and develop as a non profit so the quality of life is wonderful in Indy the people are terrific, the community is great. The support for football is amazing so this is just an ideal home for USA football.”

This morning they will officially open their new home with a ribbon cutting at the Huntington Bank Building at 45 N. Pennsylvania Street in Downtown Indianapolis.

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