The Big Ten Conference announced that Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis has been chosen as the site for the first Big Ten football championship game which will be played in in December of 2011.
Nebraska will join the conference next year, giving the Big Ten, 12 teams, required by the NCAA to hold a championship game. The Lincoln campus is over 600 miles away from Indy, making it the farthest trip of any Big Ten schools.
Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin had made a strong pitch to host the first game as well, and Green Bay will certainly be in consideration for 2012. I would think that in addition to Indianapolis and Green Bay, other possible sites that could be given consideration include Detroit’s Ford Field, possibly Soldier Field in Chicago. Not sure if the Big Ten would consider any sites in Ohio which would obviously benefit Ohio State if they were in the title game, but Cincinnati could be a possibility with the chance for milder winter weather. While I think Green Bay in early December could be rough, the dome in Minneapolis could be an option, perhaps Miller Park, where the Brewers play baseball in Milwaukee with it’s retractable roof.