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Big Ten title game headed for indoors in Indy

Posted on: June 5, 2011 6:37 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 6:41 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Big Ten teams hoping to play in the league's championship game don't have to worry about packing the cold weather gear.

The conference's Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously Sunday to hold the Big Ten football championship game inside at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from 2012-2015. Soldier Field in Chicago was also considered to host the game but commissioner Jim Delany said Indianapolis just made more sense as the league looks to grow an event they'll be hosting for the first time at Lucas Oil in 2011.

"In order to establish ourselves and build a foundation, it's a good idea to be indoors and see what we have," said Delany. "The idea was that we could get consistency of planning for both teams if you knew the environment was going to be pretty consistent. I would say that it was a fan aspect as well as a players' aspect."

Big Ten football is known for being played outside in the elements and many fans - despite the possibility of braving cold weather for the game - also wanted the league's championship game to be played outside. Part of the reason the game was kept indoors, Delany only half-joked about, was that the game would allow teams to get a jump start on planning for bowl games in warmer climates.

"We play in tough weather in November but we play in great weather in September, October and then, as you know, we always play in great weather for bowl games in Florida, Texas and California," Delany said. "Maybe we’re just getting ready to play bowl games."

Indianapolis put in a strong big to host the game, including having Gov. Mitch Daniels and other prominent Indiana figures give their two cents as to why the city was best equipped to host the game. Delany did say Chicago was one of the country's best sports towns but the layout of Indianapolis and the city's reputation for hosting amateur athletics was too much for Chicago to overcome.

"On the Indianapolis side, they have developed a very integrated delivery system that benefited them in their presentation," Delany said. "I don’t think anybody who has ever worked with the Indianapolis community could come away anything other than exceptionally impressed."

Soldier Field's playing surface, a key concern for some after the field's performance in NFL games during cold weather, was not cited as a factor in the decision. The deal is for four years, with the championship game being played in primetime on Fox.

Delany added that the selection of Lucas Oil Stadium and Indianapolis for further Big Ten events (such as the men's and women's basketball tournament) just made sense for the Big Ten brand as much as it did for the game itself. While fans may not agree with the game being played indoors, they will be much warmer when the game rolls around in December.
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Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Big Ten title game headed for indoors in Indy

Suckeye fans forget to tell you about Cooper's record against Michigan, and they never mention that Michigan comfortably leads the all time series vs the Suckeyes.  Listening to OSUcks fans, you would think this rivalry game started only 10 years ago.  Convenient memory I guess.  Come on NCAA!  Nails these cheaters!!!



Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Big Ten title game headed for indoors in Indy

12 extra pracice hours is what Michigan did loser!  What about OSU?  Cheating, lieing to the athletic director, lieing to the NCAA, lieing to the school President?  The Suckeyes will have to pay and they are going to!  Vacated wins, vacated Sugar Bowl victory, loss of scholarships, years of probation, no bowl games in future years.  OSUcks and their band of thug fans will get what they deserve!!!



Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Big Ten title game headed for indoors in Indy

 Lucas Oil Stadium is a good choice.



Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Big Ten title game headed for indoors in Indy

Rotating the conference championship from city to city would be great EXCEPT there are few more centralized, convenient, and clean places than Indianapolis in the B10 region. If you go to Minneapolis, that would be a long trip for everyone except Minn and maybe Iowa, Wis, and Neb depending on how you classify long trip. Chicago would be the best alternative if they ever decide to move the game outdoors. Detroit has a good indoor stadium, but the city itself does not have a good reputation. Cincinnati would be viable, but the 2 things against that are the outdoor stadium and the city not being very appealing outside of downtown. St. Louis would be another solid option if they wanted to have it indoors, but like Cincy and Detroit the city doesn't have the most prestine reputation. Indianapolis does have its faults, but it certainly looks like it has the best combination of proximity, cleanliness, and facilities to offer of all the cities that could be considered. Plus, the city itself does not house any campus of the schools in the B10 (unless you consider IUPUI to be IU and Purdue) which allows it to not directly give any team an automatic home-field advantage. 



Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:09 am
 

Big Ten title game headed for indoors in Indy

Indianapolis was certainly the best place for this in my opinion.
It is the most centrally located option, Indianapolis is probably the best host city for NCAA sports in the country.
Also for those crying about being indoors, LOS is actually a retractible roof dome.
If the weather is in the 50s, as it sometimes is in early december, they may just open the roof.
If it is 35 and rainy, I don't think any fans will complain (that are actually at the game) that the roof is closed.

I just hope they will consider opening the roof if the weather is good enough. 



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:53 am
 

Big Ten title game headed for indoors in Indy

I can understand why Indy was chosen.  After all, it is indoors.  The comfort of the fans must be considered as well as the playing conditions for the players.  Lucas Oil Stadium is a "Field Turf" Stadium.  That is the same type of field that Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin use, so playing on it certainly will not be a surprise to the players.  No one really wants to wit in the cold and watch a Football game in the first week of December.  Considering that Soldiers Field was the only alternative discussed, I expect the Big 10+2 Championship game to remain at Lucas Oil Staduim for a number of years.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:49 am
 

Big Ten title game headed for indoors in Indy

This is a smart move.  It makes no sense to freeze the fans and ask athletes to perform at their optimum in wintry conditions.  Football is a fall sport, not a winter sport.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 1:12 am
 

Big Ten title game headed for indoors in Indy

the game SHOULD be played outdoors.. i.e. Lambeau, Soldier Field.. but the B10 suits fear the cold, so after 2015 it'll probably get moved to Ford Field or some other junk dome!


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