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The Big Ten Conference and commissioner Jim Delaney announced Thursday that Indianapolis will host the league's first title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in December 2011.

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The Big Ten Conference has chosen Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis as the site for its first football championship game in 2011.

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The Big Ten announced Thursday that the conference and the Indiana 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.

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In its short existence, Luc Oil has already served host to two NCAA tournaments, including a Final Four in 2010. It's certainly a big game venue, and looks like a good choice for the inaugural title game.

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However, as Delaney hinted earlier this week at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, the league will evaluate other options beyond  2011, which is probably a good thing, too. There's a growing consensus among Big Ten fan bases that the event should rotate between venues, some indoor and some outdoor, rather than stay at one venue, and it appears this is an alternative the suits at the conference office are evaluating thoroughly.

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