Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – The Big Ten announced that its football championship game will remain in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium through 2021.
However, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the league’s men’s basketball tournament will rotate between Chicago’s United Center (2019, 2021) and Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (2020, ’22).
Delany added the women’s basketball tournament will be played in Indianapolis from 2017-22.
“We’ve always intended to use those cities,” Delany said. “They’ve been great partners. We’re fortunate to have great fan bases in both places, tried and true success in both of these cities.”
He said the moves give the conference “a lot of stability going forward.”
Last month, the league caused a stir when it announced the 2017 men’s basketball tournament would be played in Washington D.C. at the Verizon Center.
The Big Ten adds new members Maryland and Rutgers on July 1, and moving the tournament to Washington is part of a larger East Coast push, which includes opening a second league office in New York City.
The Big Ten basketball tournament has been played only in Indianapolis or Chicago since its inception in 1998.
The basketball tournament will be played in Chicago next March and in Indianapolis in 2016. Negotiations on the site for the 2018 event continue and an announcement should come later this month.