Texas predicts more than 61,000 fans, $300 million in spending on title game

The College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy will be handed out in January. 

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DALLAS — The Dallas area is expected to see more than 60,000 out-of-state fans and $300 million in spending when it hosts the new college football championship game.

The Texas Comptroller’s Office projected the economic impact when it approved a major events trust fund for the Jan. 12 game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The trust fund is anticipated revenue set aside to help pay for expenses. The state estimates sales, car rentals, hotel rentals and alcohol taxes.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the money earmarked for the game is the eighth-largest sum in the trust fund’s 10-year history. That’s roughly equal to spending on the Final Four basketball tournament held at the stadium earlier this year.

The spending is expected to generate more than $16 million in tax revenue.