Sign Me Up For Lambeau Hosting the Big Ten Championship Game
On Thursday, it was revealed that Lambeau Field applied for multiple things in the future. They want to host the NFL Draft, a long-time goal of Mark Murphy. But they also want to have the Big Ten Championship there. The game has been played strictly indoors in Indianapolis, but Lambeau wants to shake that up with a game taking place at the Frozen Tundra. People would bitch about the elements, but why the hell not? This is a great idea and one that Big Ten should take very seriously moving forward.
Indianapolis is a great host city for the Big Ten or any other major sporting event. Downtown Indianapolis is all walkable. There are bars and restaurants in a very small radius of Lucas Oil Stadium. The weather is cold, but the dome allows fans to attend without worrying about freezing their asses off. There is a reason why they’re hosting a College Football National Championship there in 2022. But the burnout factor could be real. It’s been the host for nearly ten years. What’s motivating Wisconsin and Ohio State fans to visit Indy yet again? Both teams have been there over five times.
The Big Ten could extend their reach by playing somewhere like Lambeau Field. All the Big Ten teams play in the elements, so, it is not like a team would be at a distinct disadvantage in the cold. Yes, the weather would be chilly, but early December games are not usually too brutal. There is always a chance for snow, and some feel that could impact the result of the game with a true winner not emerging. Personally, that is a bullshit excuse. If you’re the best team, you find a way to win in the elements period. Titletown could certainly support a Big Ten Championship crowd if they planned to support both fan bases of Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
The one argument going against Lambeau Field is the Big Ten has other dome options to choose from. U.S. Bank Stadium is a brand new stadium that played host to 2019 Final Four. Ford Field is probably not on the table since it’s been around since 2011, but it is another dome option for the Big Ten versus the outdoors of Lambeau Field. But Lambeau carries such a distinction around it that the opportunity to play there might outweigh all of these things.
We’ll see if the Big Ten shows any interest in coming up to the Frozen Tundra.