Unfortunately, the Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t walk off as winners of the Big Ten Conference inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis last December, but that doesn’t mean that the program won’t have another crack at it in, oh say, the next eight years or so.
When they do get another crack at the conference championship in the Big Ten Championship Game, it will also be in Indianapolis for the foreseeable future as the conference announced on Wednesday that the game will be remaining in Indianapolis through the 2021 season.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany via the conference’s press release this morning:
“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.”
With expansion, the Big Ten began holding a conference championship game in the 2011 season and originally had a five-year deal with Indianapolis. So essentially, this is just an extension of that original deal.
All in all, though, I think most would agree that Lucas Oil Stadium has been a wonderful host to the game thus far, and will continue to be so moving forward.
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