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Big Ten considering rotating title game site

Posted on: November 18, 2010 4:12 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 4:13 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It was announced late on Wednesday that the Big Ten had struck a deal with Fox Sports to broadcast the conference's title game starting in 2011 when the conference adds Nebraska and moves up to 12 teams.  The television deal is for six years and will be worth between $20 to $25 million a season. Of course, while we know who will be providing the hundreds of band shots with football displayed in between, we don't know where those bands will be sitting.

The inaugural game will take place at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, but the Big Ten is yet to decide on a permanent site for the game.  According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, they may never find one.  Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told the paper that the conference would strongly consider rotating the site of the game, though one source told the paper that Chicago's Soldier Field is a good bet to host a game.

Still, Delany doesn't want to settle on one place just yet.

"I think there's lot of interest in different cities around the Big Ten," Delany said. "Chicago is fabulous, Indy's fabulous, Detroit, Minneapolis (and) Cleveland all have world-class facilities. We would not be smart not to look."

The Big Ten's logic is that while the SEC hosts its game in Atlanta every season, it's because Atlanta is the "crossroads" of the league, where as the Big Ten stretches throughout the midwest, so to limit it to one area might be foolish.  Though, i should point out that while the Big Ten will cover the midwest from Lincoln, Nebraska to State College, Pennsylvania, Chicago is basically in the middle.  Which might make it an ideal site.

Still, it's uncertain that the conference will want to play it's marquee game in a cold weather city every December, and odds are if they did go with a permanent site, they'd select an indoor stadium like Lucas Oil Field.


Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:59 pm

Big Ten considering rotating title game site

How cool would it be to see the Big 10 championship game in a blizzard!!!!!

I do have to say - better than soldiers field - gotta have one in Lambeau!!!!!!!!!

would love to see OSU play Wiscy in Lambeau with a Rose bowl or NCG on the line!!! Really anyone but Wiscy in Lambeau in Late Nov early Dec!!!!!!

THAT my friends would be FOOTBALL, BIG 10 style!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS - sorry if i mispelled Lambeau but I dont have time to check :-P

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:32 pm

Big Ten considering rotating title game site

I'm pulling for Cleveland...

Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:18 pm

Big Ten considering rotating title game site

What a change for the Big 10.  This type of playoff is monumentous for the region.  The whole country is hurting right now with the weakened economy, and a little spark to help edge our once textile, manufacturing, and natural resource refinement booming economies would be great.  However, I strongly urge the NCAA, and the Big 10 conference to sincerely consider Detroit as a destination for an event like this.  The people of Detroit really need a boost, and this could really add quite a bit of revenue back to the Motor City.  I know that the whole region has been "burning", but Detroit who used to be the pinnacle of manufacturing is quickly becoming the armpit of the midwest.  Any comments? 

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 11:40 am

The Case For Indianapolis

I would prefer a permanent site, with that site being Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium.  It is almost perfect.  Easily accessible by all teams and their fan base, a retractable roof to take advantage of good weather or protect against bad weather, plenty of hotel rooms (recently added for the 2012 Super Bowl), plus the infrastructure to handle thousands of fans, the media and experience to handle a large event of this magnitude and larger (again, they were vetted by the Super Bowl committee). 

Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit and others are all very good choices, but Indianapolis is the best choice, in my opinion. 

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2010 10:59 pm

Big Ten considering rotating title game site

Have you been to Soldier Field??? Terrible stadium!  I went there in 2007 to watch Iowa play N. Illinois.  We sat in the upper deck and it felt like we were watching from Sears Tower.  If the Big Ten ever plays there, they need to demand Soldier Field get field turf, because they have the worst field in pro football.  When Iowa played there in '07 it was the first game of the year played there and the field was already tore up beyond recognition.  I like the idea of rotating spots (although I like Indy the best), but if they do Chicago, please limit it to once every 10 years.  It's just not up to par with the other stadiums being considered.

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:23 pm
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2010 6:58 pm

Big Ten considering rotating title game site

I love the idea of rotating the game.  I'd love to see a game in Paul Brown Stadium.

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 5:44 pm

Big Ten considering rotating title game site

Select Soldier Field! That would be epic to see at least one championship game played in the snow!

I would watch...and this is coming from a big ten hater! Soldier Field!

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