Big Ten tournament to rotate between Chicago, Indianapolis

When Indianapolis’ five-year contract as the host of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament expires in 2012, the event will begin rotating between the United Center in Chicago and Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Big Ten made the announcement after its annual meeting of the Council of Presidents/Chancellors at the Big Ten office in Park Ridge, Ill.

The decision, according to Indiana University President Michael McRobbie, was unanimous among council members.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney expressed excitement over the conference’s decision to rotate the event between Chicago and Indianapolis.

“What we wanted to do is get back to Chicago. We’re really pleased that we could get to the United Center.” Delaney said on a conference call Sunday afternoon. “And we’re really pleased that we had enough events that we could see Chicago, get back to Chicago and also continue to have a strong presence in Indy.”

Tom Crean expressed his desire for the event to remain in Indianapolis on an annual basis last week at an IU Tailgate Tour stop at Huber Farms.

“I absolutely see no reason, not only as the coach at Indiana, but from anything I’ve seen as a coach walking into that environment, that it shouldn’t stay there,” Crean said. “I’m hopeful that it does. I think any support that can be shown is really good.”

The United Center hosted the first four Big Ten men’s tournaments before the event rotated between Conseco Fieldhouse and the United Center from 2002-2007.

Future Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Sites

– 2012: Conseco Fieldhouse
– 2013: United Center
– 2014: Conseco Fieldhouse
– 2015: United Center
– 2016: Conseco Fieldhouse

  • eph521

    I like having the tourney in Indy, but for now, I’m more interested in seeing IU win games in the tourney, rather than where it’s played. In fact, it’s more painful seeing them lose when it’s in their home state. Just win baby.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andyjellison Andy Jellison

    horrible decision.  the United Center is awful for college sports.  there is no food or anything nice near the arena.  Conseco is the best facility by far. Way not to make a decision BT!  

  • IU_Fan_99

    as a Chicago resident, I’m stoked to have the Big Ten tourney back in Chi-town!

  • Kelin Blab

    If we were to admit it….we can lay blame to IU and Denim shirt for this happening. If IU has a successful program and one that is winning or competitive…it never leaves Indianapolis. It sells out every year in the first round. Now unfortunately when Yogi and the gang arrives, the United Center will benefit first. Conseco would be SOLD OUT on the first day if it was in Indy with that group playing for IU.

  • Anonymous

    Look, I love Chicago (went to school up there), but United Center has nothing on Conseco for this event.  Indy is cheaper, more easily navigated, lodging and dining are extremely accessible, etc.

    This makes me wonder if the move was made more for logistical reasons now that the conference has yet another western school.  Chicago is closer for half the league, while Indy is closer for the other half.  Regardless, I think Conseco and DT Indy is a much better location for the tourney than United Center and that part of Chicago.

  • Anonymous

    Look, I love Chicago (went to school up there), but United Center has nothing on Conseco for this event.  Indy is cheaper, more easily navigated, lodging and dining are extremely accessible, etc.

    This makes me wonder if the move was made more for logistical reasons now that the conference has yet another western school.  Chicago is closer for half the league, while Indy is closer for the other half.  Regardless, I think Conseco and DT Indy is a much better location for the tourney than United Center and that part of Chicago.

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree 100%. Not to totally bash chi town but at least they have some good hot dogs close by.

  • CutterInChicago

    I live in Chicago and obviously the convenience of having the Big Ten tourney here is something that I appreciate.  That said, Conseco and Indy do a better job hosting the tourney and I always enjoy attending the tourney there.  Indy is a better amateur sports town + the venues all being downtown and walkable to hotels and restaurants > Chicago and the United Center.  I think having the tourney rotate is not a bad thing, variety is the spice of life (as long as they never host the tourney in Detroit…)

  • ufo3

    Conseco Fieldhouse and United Center are an equal drive from my house.
    So I don’t care as long as it don’t move to Minnesota it is within driving distance.

  • ufo3

    I hope they never host the B1G Tourney in Detroit.

  • Anonymous

    After having rotated 02-07 before the B10 should have learned their lesson. Fans liked Indy better. There is a reason the NCAA moved to Indy, college friendly. How many streets will be renamed to B10 schools names in Chicago, zero. Hey here is the areana play ball. Did they seal the women Bball fate also with the same solution? Did they do the same for Fball?

  • Bobby

    What????  Madison Avenue is loaded with bars and restaurants and the UC is an awesome venue.  Switching between the venues is undoubtedly the best decision.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone seen the B10 HQ in Chitown? Its close to the airport, not even the B10 officials think people want to navigate around Chitown, fly in, have a meeting, taxi back to airport, fly home. Good job boys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andyjellison Andy Jellison

    unless they’ve loaded up since the last time the BTT was in Chicago, all those bars and restaurants were not within walking distance.  You had to drive EVERYWHERE you went around the UC.  Conseco was built for basketball!  Sorry to say but there is some doubt in this decision for anyone who doesn’t live in Chicago.  

  • Anonymous

    Delaney said that Chicago has more Big Ten alumni than any other city “by a factor of 4 or 5.”  Evidently, he wants better attendance.  As someone said earlier, the less than stellar attendance the past couple of years can be directly attributed to IU not being any good.  That will change soon, and Delaney will wish that they didn’t move it.

    I also saw that the UC didn’t bid on the Women’s Tourney, but they moved it to Chicago too (I forget which arena…Hoffman Estates area).

  • Anonymous

    Delaney said that Chicago has more Big Ten alumni than any other city “by a factor of 4 or 5.”  Evidently, he wants better attendance.  As someone said earlier, the less than stellar attendance the past couple of years can be directly attributed to IU not being any good.  That will change soon, and Delaney will wish that they didn’t move it.

    I also saw that the UC didn’t bid on the Women’s Tourney, but they moved it to Chicago too (I forget which arena…Hoffman Estates area).

  • Anonymous

    That area of Chicago is nowhere near as pedestrian friendly as DT Indy is.  Driving anywhere in Chicago is much more difficult than it is in Indy.  United Center is a fine venue, but it doesn’t compare to Conseco.

  • NorthernHoosier

    The United Center may as well be in Iowa.  No hotels close, few restaurants close, and it was built in a cheap, and not very nice, part of Chicago.

    I hate going there and will not attend any Chicago tournaments.

    Indy is much better due to the proximity of hotels, restaurants, and Conseco. 

    Big Ten further shows its about money and not about fans.  Let’s start talking with the SEC!!!!!

  • NorthernHoosier

    I’ve been to both arenas for the BT Tournament.  UC is certainly not better than Conseco.  The biggest problem the UC has is its proximity to hotels and restaurants.  Not even close - Indy is much better.  The busses they ran from downtown Chicago to UC were a joke. UC parking was very expensive.

    This is really an issue on Friday when the Big Ten makes you leave the arena between sessions.  You only have a couple of hours to kill.  It is not worth the time going back downtown to eat.  You have to rush back immediately.  

    With the current setup, it is a REALLY REALLY REALLY bad place for the Big Ten Tournament.

    If Chicago would build a downtown arena, it would be time to go back.

    Only four schools benefit from Chicago:  Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.  Of those, only Wisconsin has brought significant fans to any of the tournaments I have attended.  Champaign IL is about a wash.

    One more factor: weather can be MUCH worse in Chicago in early March than in Indy.  We drove from our hotel to the UC in a VW bug in a blizzard one year in Chicago.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Yogi will still be in high school in the spring of 2012.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Yogi will still be in high school in the spring of 2012.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Yogi will still be in high school in the spring of 2012.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Very true.  My mistake, haha.  I wasn’t thinking about the obvious fact that the Big Ten Tournament happens in March.  So, Kelin, you are right, the UC gets to benefit from the 2012 class and Trey Lyles/James Blackmon (hopefully more) first.  However, I think we will all be happy no matter what facility is benefiting from the Hoosiers success.      

  • CreamandCrimson

    Very true.  My mistake, haha.  I wasn’t thinking about the obvious fact that the Big Ten Tournament happens in March.  So, Kelin, you are right, the UC gets to benefit from the 2012 class and Trey Lyles/James Blackmon (hopefully more) first.  However, I think we will all be happy no matter what facility is benefiting from the Hoosiers success.      

  • CreamandCrimson

    Very true.  My mistake, haha.  I wasn’t thinking about the obvious fact that the Big Ten Tournament happens in March.  So, Kelin, you are right, the UC gets to benefit from the 2012 class and Trey Lyles/James Blackmon (hopefully more) first.  However, I think we will all be happy no matter what facility is benefiting from the Hoosiers success.      

  • CreamandCrimson

    Very true.  My mistake, haha.  I wasn’t thinking about the obvious fact that the Big Ten Tournament happens in March.  So, Kelin, you are right, the UC gets to benefit from the 2012 class and Trey Lyles/James Blackmon (hopefully more) first.  However, I think we will all be happy no matter what facility is benefiting from the Hoosiers success.      

  • marcusgresham

    Add Nebraska to your list of schools that probably benefit.

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