Lucas Oil Stadium Chosen as 2011 Big 10 Championship Site

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Big Ten has chosen Lucas Oil Stadium in

downtown Indianapolis as the site for the first Big Ten football

championship game in 2011.

John Dedman, spokesman for the Indiana Sports Corp., said the

Big Ten approached Indianapolis to host the event, and there was no

formal bidding process.

The Big Ten announced Thursday that the conference and Sports

Corp. will spend the next 30 days working out details of the

one-year deal. After that, the Big Ten will conduct thorough

research to determine future locations.

The Big Ten said Indianapolis has been an outstanding host for

its men's and women's basketball tournaments in recent years. Lucas

Oil Stadium is slated to host the Super Bowl in 2012, just months

after the inaugural Big Ten football title game.