College football fans in Detroit have been hoping that Ford Field would be considered to host the Big Ten’s football championship game. While that could happen in the future, Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium have been chosen to host the inaugural game to be played in December 2011. The Big Ten will wrap up the final details of their agreement with the city and facility over the next 30 days.
The commitment to Indianapolis is for 2011 only and the conference will review sites and cities over the next year to determine the course of action for football championship games in 2012 and beyond. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany had this to say:
“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.