Big Ten teams will continue to have a reason to want to go to Indianapolis for the next eight seasons. That's because the Big Ten announced Thursday that the conference's championship game will continue to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium through the 2021 season.
"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 and Indianapolis will continue to split time hosting the Big Ten's basketball tournament, which is why Delany issued that confusingly-worded statement.
The Big Ten played its first title game in Indianapolis in 2011 and originally had a five-year agreement to play the game in Indianapolis. Essentially this agreement adds another five years to the deal and ends any possibility of the game moving to Chicago, Detroit (or even New York and Washington D.C. now) for the time being.