Big Ten makes commitment to return tournament to the Midwest
June 5, 2014 — 8:12pm
One month after announcing the Big Ten tournament's first ever move to the East Coast, the conference made a commitment to bring the annual event back to the Midwest.
On Thursday, the Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors unanimously approved a recommendation from member administrators for upcoming Big Ten basketball tournaments to once again be held in Chicago and Indianapolis.
The Council also approved a proposal to keep Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium as the host of Big Ten Football Championship game through 2021.
"Those two cities have been tremendous hosts and partners with first-class facilities and an outstanding base of Big Ten alumni and fans who support conference events," Commissioner Jim Delany said in a release. "We are proud of the history that we have developed with these two great cities and look forward to maintaining a significant presence in both locations."
The Football Championship has been held in Indianapolis since its instigation, in 2011. The Big Ten men's basketball tournament has alternated between United Center in Chicago and Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis through its first 17 years of existence.
The women's tournament will be based in Indianapolis from 2017 through 2022. United Center will host the men's basketball tournament in 2019 and 2021 and Banker's Life will get the event in 2020 and 2022 after a brief jaunt halfway across the country.
In early May, with the official conference additions of Maryland and Rutgers approaching on July 1, Delany announced an unprecedented Eastward move for the conference. In 2017, the Big Ten tournament will be held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Delany has been clear and active about his desire to extend the Big Ten's brand and financial reach to the East Coast.
The 2015 tournament will be in Chicago, while Indianapolis will be the home in 2016. The 2018 tournament site has not yet been revealed.
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