Huge Ten might flip into Indy soccer championship after 11 years rotate
This could be the final year in a while that Indianapolis hosts the Big Ten conference soccer championship.
Lucas Oil Stadium has hosted the championship since its inception in 2010, but the venue’s contract with the Big Ten expires after this season. League commissioner Kevin Warren told NJ Advance Media on Thursday that the Big Ten are expecting to open hosting to other cities and venues within the conference.
It would be similar with the men’s basketball tournament, which is fully booked until 2023. It’s slated to take place at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in 2022 and at the United Center in Chicago in 2023.
“We’re going to sit down and figure out the best way to turn it, we probably take it [request for proposal] for basketball and soccer, ”Warren told NJ Advance Media. “I’m open to any place our fans will travel to and enjoy in our footprint, from Nebraska to New Jersey.”
A Big Ten media rep said Monday that they cannot make additional comments right away.
The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will take place on December 4th at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Brett Kramer, director of public relations for Indiana Sports Corp., said Tuesday afternoon that they are in an “active bid” with the Big Ten to continue hosting the Indianapolis basketball and soccer championships.
The group submitted offers last year to maintain both championship events, he said.
“In our conversations with the Big Ten, they said they were very happy with the events here in Indianapolis, but we always try to innovate around these events to meet and exceed the needs of the conference,” said Kramer. “We have a great long-standing relationship with Big Ten and look forward to every opportunity to work with them on future events.”