Big Ten to keep football championship in Indy

ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten will keep its football championship game in Indianapolis through 2021

Conference officials made the announcement Thursday, following a unanimous vote by the council of presidents and chancellors.

Indy has hosted each of the first three football title games. With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers next month, there was a perception that the game could rotate.

Chicago will host the men's basketball tourney in 2019 and 2021 while Indy will get the tourney in 2020 and 2022. Chicago has the tournament next year, then Indianapolis and then Washington, D.C., in 2017.

The women's basketball tournament, which has been held in the same city as the men's tourney the last several years, will be played in Indy each year from 2017 through 2022.

"We're really the capital of women's basketball anywhere. No doubt about that," said Rick Fuson, with Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

Tourism officials are calling this a blockbuster announcement for Indy and one that puts the wind back in their sails after losing out on the 2018 Super Bowl.

"You win some and you lose some," said Chris Gahl, Visit Indy spokesman. "With each one there is emotion. Certainly with the Super Bowl there is a huge emotion, disappointment after all that hard work. Today you get to celebrate. You get to say the Big Ten has confidence in Indianapolis."

These events could bring to the city an estimated $150 million in economic impact. 

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