Big Ten plans to begin rotating football championship game between cities

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Apparently, you can, indeed, have too much of a good thing.

The Big Ten football championship game has been held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, since its inception in 2011. With Indy being centrally located and well-versed at hosting large-scale events, it seemed like the perfect fit. And, honestly, it has been.

Talk to anyone that’s been to Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship game or the conference basketball tournament and all you hear are good things. I, too, have been, and the layout of everything is about as media and travel-friendly as can be. The walkability, hotel space and places to eat are about as good as it gets.

However, according to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren, that will be changing soon. When speaking to (subscription may be required) at Big Ten media days on Thursday, Warren said the conference plans to rotate the game in the future, including potentially utilizing MetLife Stadium, the home of the Giants and Jets in New Jersey.

“We’re going to sit down and figure out the best way to rotate it, probably take out a (request for proposal) for basketball and football,” Warren said. “I’m open to any location our fans will travel to and enjoy in our footprint, anywhere from Nebraska to New Jersey.”

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Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I always thought this would be a cool idea, too. It would be nice to have the game move around, but there are some logistical issues to be aware of. The setting in Indy has become a fan favorite and a rather festive atmosphere, much like Atlanta is for the SEC Championship game.

So far, the reception to this idea has not been great for fans, but we say it could be a neat experience to travel to a new site and soak in some new settings and culture.


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