The famous "Las Vegas Sign", located on the south end of the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada

Big Ten considers Las Vegas as host to football championship game


Since 2011, teams within the Big Ten Conference have annually competed with the ultimate goal of reaching the conference championship game held in Indianapolis. However, with the impending additions of western powers USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Washington to the Big Ten in 2024, there has been speculation about the potential relocation of the championship game. One of the rumored locations being discussed is Las Vegas, Nevada.

Steve Hill, representing the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, revealed in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the Big Ten has initiated discussions about the possibility of moving its championship game to Las Vegas. Hill stated, “The Big Ten has asked us to submit proposals… We are certainly interested, will put our best foot forward and know there is no better place for their football championship.”

The Big Ten’s current agreement with Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where the championship game has been held, is set to expire in 2024. Allegiant Stadium, located in Las Vegas, is being considered as a potential venue for the Big Ten championship game. This is partly due to the likelihood that the Pac-12 conference may not continue hosting its championship game at Allegiant Stadium beyond the 2023 season.

If Las Vegas were to become the new host city for the Big Ten championship game, it would mark a significant change in the location of the event, offering a new and exciting destination for college football fans and teams within the conference.