Big Ten extends football title game deal to keep game in Indianapolis

Big Ten extends football title game deal to keep game in Indianapolis
June 5, 2014, 2:45 pm
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All roads will continue to lead to Indianapolis for Maryland football once it officially makes the transition to the Big Ten on July 1.

The conference’s title game, which has been held at Lucas Oil Stadium for the past three seasons, will remain there through the 2021 season, the Big Ten announced in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

"The Big Ten Conference and member institutions are excited to return to … Indianapolis for future football championship games," Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany said in a statement, also referencing the conference’s return to Chicago for men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

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"These two cities have been tremendous hosts and partners with first-class facilities and an outstanding base of Big Ten alumni and fans who support conference events. We are proud of the history that we have developed with these two great cities and look forward to maintaining a significant presence in both locations."

The original deal between the Big Ten and Lucas Oil Stadium ran for five years beginning in 2011, but now extends through 2021. Maryland begins its first season in the conference in 2014.

The Terrapins will have a veteran squad for their inaugural football season, returning senior quarterback C.J. Brown, along with veteran wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, as well as a seasoned defensive unit.

Its schedule kicks off Aug. 30 against James Madison.