Charlotte in the running to host future college football championship game

Charlotte in the running to host future college football championship game

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte officials are looking to add to the list of major sporting events the city will host over the next six years,

The Charlotte Sports Foundation tells WBTV that the Queen City has a legitimate chance to host a future college football championship game.

"There are nine cities left in the running," said William Webb, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation. "On November fourth, they will choose three cities."

If Charlotte makes the grade, this will simply be the latest feather in the city's cap.

Over the next six years, Charlotte will host multiple ACC Championships (Football and Basketball), the Belk Bowl, the NBA All-Star Game, the PGA Championship, and the President's Cup.

"Success begets more success," Webb told WBTV. "Even the Panthers' success on Sunday Night Football and other national games help attract these big-time events."

Charlotte's success in hosting big events not only attracts future sporting events. Webb said it attracts business and businesses.

"During the ACC Championship, our hotels were full and our restaurants were full. Also, businesses see Charlotte in the national spotlight and they want to move here," Webb said.

The Charlotte Sports Foundation said sporting events have contributed tens of millions of dollars annually to the local economy

During last year's ACC Championship Game, the foundation said that 33,000 hotel room nights were booked and more than 64,000 people attended the game.

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