I know this has been discussed previously, but here is a good article by Dan Wetzel explaining why the Big Ten Title game should be played outdoors, and I totally agree. Right now Indy is slotted to host the first game, but the conference only has Indy and Chicago in the running to host it annually. I dont like the idea of Indy hosting it b/c its a dome, and Chicago would be cool, but its actually a small venue (62k) considering other conference venues...so you can imagine the cost for tickets would get outrageous. Other possibilities stated in the article include...
"Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Bettendorf, Kalamazoo, Steubenville, Thief River Falls, Sheboygan, Cheboygan"
I personally like the idea of Lambeau Field hosting the event.....its outdoors, and its a bigger venue (73k) plus the mysic of the stadium woud add to the game/atmosphere.
I thought Dan made a great point with...
"Besides, some of the greatest games ever have seen snowflakes dance in the air, a cinematographic treasure. This is just one way the Big Ten can differentiate itself on the crowded conference championship weekend.
Outdoors says the league is proud of what it is – a conference built on Woody and Bo, Butkus and Bubba and generations of players and fans who grew up behind auto factories and on family farms and in towns that never make those “cool cities” lists.
And they’re long past tired of apologizing for it."