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Big Ten Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium, Dec. 1

Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation

On December 1, 2012, Nebraska (the champions of the Legends Division) and Wisconsin (champions of the Leaders Division) will meet at Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game. The winner earns the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in the Rose Bowl Game.

2012 Game Specifics:
Saturday, December 1, 2012; Lucas Oil Stadium; kick-off set for 8:17 p.m. (Eastern). Fox Sports will televise the game.

Tickets are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Future games:
In 2011, the Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp announced that the Big Ten Football Championship Games will be played in Indianapolis through at least 2015. The game will be played on the first Saturday in December each year. Fox Sports has the national television rights to the game through at least 2016. The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will return to Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2014 and 2016.

Big Ten Fan Fest Presented by Dr Pepper:
Fan Fest will begin Friday, November 30, 2012 (3-9 p.m.), and continue Saturday, December 1 (10 a.m. until kick-off) at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis. More than 200,000 square feet will be dedicated to interactive games, entertainment including special guest appearances and mascots, performances by participating teams’ bands, giveaways, food and beverages, and much more.

A game ticket also provides entrance, but Fan Fest tickets (both adult and youth prices) can be purchased onsite.

Georgia Street Tailgate Party:
On Friday, November 30 (3-9 p.m.) and Saturday, December 1 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.), the west block of newly-renovated Georgia Street will feature food and beverages, a beer garden, college football action, merchandise, a photo opportunity with a lifesize Stagg Championship Trophy, and much more. This is one of the first event activations of the Georgia Street project.

On Friday, Nov. 30, the Georgia Street Tailgate Party will include a Q&A (6 p.m.) and autograph session (7 p.m.) with three INDYCAR drivers – Graham Rahal, Charlie Kimball and Katherine Legge.

The Georgia Street Tailgate Party will also include street-legal two-seater rides at the corner of Georgia and Illinois Streets from 3-6 p.m. for only $15. That’s a 50% discount off the regular price to experience INDYCAR on the streets of Indianapolis. There will also be INDYCARs on display, wrapped in Big Ten colors as well as cars featuring the races at Milwaukee and Detroit.

Downtown Indianapolis will also feature a good amount of Big Ten décor. A skywalk wrap is already in place at the corner of Capitol and Maryland. Street pole banners are also on display throughout downtown.

Big Ten RV Nation:
Located at the corner of South and Pennsylvania Streets, an RV parking area is the place for RV Tailgaters to gather. RV passes can be purchased in advance through Indiana Sports Corp. RV Nation will feature games, music, local entertainment, activities and special giveaways.

Youth Clinics:
The Big Ten Conference, Indiana Sports Corporation, St.Vincent Sports Performance and USA Football are hosting several clinics on December 1. The clinics will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Big Ten Fan Fest at the Indiana Convention Center.  Youth may participate in the Fan Fest clinics with the purchase of a Big Ten Fan Fest or Championship Game ticket.

SaturDAY of Service:

Indiana Sports Corporation and the Local Organizing Committee have partnered with two local organizations, Gleaners and American Red Cross, to be part of an outreach initiative for the Championship Game that aims to have a lasting impact on the local community. The organizing committee will work with alumni groups and fans of all Big Ten universities to provide volunteers at two locations for service-oriented projects on Saturday, December 1.

Restaurant Pairings:
Eat and drink with your team’s fans. For previous Big Ten Conference events, we have utilized individual university pairings. For this event with two universities represented, we have designated Legends and Leaders locations. The place to be before, during and after the game.

Legends Division Restaurants (Nebraska)                                                        

Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant
350 W. Maryland St., 317-405-6111

Colts Grille
110 West Washington Street, 317-631-2007)

High Velocity
10 S. West St., 317-806-6500

O’Reilly’s Irish Bar and Restaurant
36 S. Pennsylvania St., 317-974-0674

Slippery Noodle Inn
372 S. Meridian St., 317-631-6974

Rock Bottom Brewery
10 W. Washington St., 317-681-8180

Weber Grill
10 N. Illinois St., 317-636-7600

Leaders Division Restaurants (Wisconsin)

Buffalo Wild Wings
7 E. Washington St., 317-951-9464

49 W. Maryland St., Circle Centre Mall, 317-951-0033

Harry & Izzy’s
153 S. Illinois St., 317-635-9594

The Ram Restaurant & Brewery
140 S. Illinois St., 317-955-9900

Kilroy’s Bar & Grill
201 S. Meridian St., 317-638-9464

Scotty’s Brewhouse
1 Virginia Ave., 317-571-0808

More information can be found on www.IndianaSportsCorp.com and www.BigTen.org.

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