Big Ten Championship Game to Remain in Indianapolis through 2021

By Kevin Kelley -

The Big Ten Football Championship Game will remain in Indianapolis through the 2021 season, the conference announced today.

Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, has been the site of the Big Ten Football Championship Game since its inception in 2011.

The 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8pm ET on FOX.

“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. “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.”

Big Ten Championship Game Results

  • 2013 – Michigan State 34, Ohio State 24
  • 2012 – Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31
  • 2011 – Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39

Comments (5)

It’s a great stadium, but I’d really like to see a rotation or even the opportunity for the school that wins it to host it in their local stadium – IE, MSU won it last year, so the 2014 game goes to Ford Field. If Penn State wins it, they can host it at Heinz or the Linc and there’s enough time to coordinate with the NFL to schedule this.

12 months is actually not long enough to guarantee enough hotel rooms. Detroit, Chicago, Philly, Indy etc are convention cities and they are not all going to remain vacant anticipating a teams victory.

A much better question is who in their right mind wants to sit outside at a football championship game in Chicago in December? The Big 10 was smart when they decided to keep the games in Indy because they were certainly NOT going to sell out Soldier Field.

While I think Indy is a nice city and location to have the Big Ten Championship game I believe it is not fair to other Universities and States that participate in the Big Ten Conference. Most of the schools within the conference are state schools and thus funded by their state taxes. To exclude the other states the opportunity to ripe the benefits of having this event is not fair. Cities such as Detroit (Michigan) and soon to be Minneapolis (Minnesota) have indoor football facilities and should have been put into a rotation of sharing the Big Ten money pool. The Big Ten and the NCAA personal continue to line their own personal pockets. Shame on the Big Ten. Follow the money trial of this occasion and others and you will find corruption.