Soldier Field could host future Big Ten title game
Indications are the Big Ten Conference plans to rotate the host city for its title game, which will begin in 2011.
Chances are Soldier Field in Chicago will be on the list of sites to host the game. The home of the Chicago Bears has been used sparingly as a venue for college football, and it also occasionally hosts high school games. None of the college games have been major, certainly nothing in line with a conference championship game.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reports that commissioner Jim Delany said the Big Ten will strongly consider rotating its host site, and two more sources said they believe that is what will happen. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will host the inaugural game next year but beyond that nothing has been determined.
"I think there's lot of interest in different cities around the Big Ten," Delany told Greenstein. "Chicago is fabulous, Indy's fabulous, Detroit, Minneapolis (and) Cleveland all have world-class facilities. We would not be smart not to look."
Fox Sports has signed on to broadcast the Big Ten title game for the first six years.
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