Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; General view of the championship trophy after defeating Ohio State Buckeyes 34-24 to win the 2013 Big 10 Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Championship Game will remain at Lucas Oil Stadium thru 2021


Fans of Big Ten football teams will hope their season includes a trip to “The Circle City” at the end of their season as the conference announced on Thursday that The Big Ten Championship Game will remain at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium through 2021.

“The Big Ten Conference and member institutions are excited to return to Chicago and Indianapolis for future football championship games and basketball tournaments,” said Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany in a release. “These two cities have been tremendous hosts and partners with first-class facilities and an outstanding base of Big Ten alumni and fans who support conference events. We are proud of the history that we have developed with these two great cities and look forward to maintaining a significant presence in both locations.”

Chicago’s United Center will continue to be one of the host cities for the Big Ten Conference in college basketball.

Indianapolis has been hosting the Big Ten Championship Game since 2011 and had a five-year agreement in place to host the title game, so this five-year extension ensures that other cities such as Chicago, Detroit or New York or Washington D.C., where the conference extended their footprint with the additions of Rutgers and Maryland, will have to wait for the opportunity to host the game with a trip to the Rose Bowl bid on the line.

I would love to see Chicago host a game at Soldier Field on a rotating basis at the least, but the indoor stadium that the new stadium in Indianapolis provides an added element that league executives are undoubtedly in favor of over the outdoor elements that Chicago would have at their setting.

Michigan State defeated Ohio State in last year’s Big Ten Championship Game and beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

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