The Big Ten announced today that Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis will be the proposed site for the conference's inaugural title game in 2011.
The conference will begin negotiating a one-year agreement with Lucas Oil Field. The Big Ten will then look for a site for the 2012 game. Expect Soldier Field in Chicago and Ford Field in Detroit to get consideration for the next Big Ten title game.
"We are excited to work with Indiana Sports Corp and Lucas Oil Stadium to finalize an agreement to hold the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game in the city of Indianapolis," Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement on the conference's web site.
"We felt at this time it was important to identify a site for the first championship game and then spend more time with other cities and venues with respect to both our basketball tournaments and the football championship games in the future. The city of Indianapolis has been an outstanding host for our basketball tournaments, and we look forward to holding our first Big Ten Football Championship Game in Lucas Oil Stadium."
Things are moving quickly for the Big Ten, which initially had plans to wait on any type of expansion. The conference, however, added Nebraska in June. The Cornhuskers join the Big Ten in 2011, becoming the 12th team and giving the conference the ability to host a championship game.