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Indianapolis To Host 14 Championship Games

Lucas Oil Stadium will continue to host sports championships in the coming decade.

The Big Ten is tapping Indianapolis to host 14 championship events over the next eight years.

The city will host title games in football and men’s and women’s basketball, which comes as welcomed news after Indy lost its bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl.

News of the Big Ten events comes on the heels of Indianapolis missing out on a pair of others.

The city lost its bid to host Super Bowl 52 to Minneapolis and recently ended a contract to host a cricket tournament for the next three years.

Indiana Sports Corp Chairman Scott Dorsey says securing the conference championships helps soften the blow of the losses.

“You know this is really big, you know we’re going to compete for a lot of events,” Dorsey said. “We’re going to win some, we’re going to lose some, but to be awarded 14 events all at one time shows an enormous pledge of confidence that the Big Ten has in Indianapolis and really fills up our calendar in a really terrific way. This is a huge win for us across the board and just kind of further cements our leadership position in the sports community.”

Indianapolis will remain the home for the Big Ten’s football championship game for the next seven years. The conference announced the game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium through 2021.

Besides the football title game, the city will host the conference’s women’s basketball tournament from 2017 to 2022.

It also will split hosting duties for the men’s basketball tournament with Chicago. The event will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2020 and 2022. Indy hosted the tournament this past March and was already scheduled to host it again in 2016.

In total, the events are expected to generate $150 million of economic impact for Indianapolis.

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