INDIANAPOLIS -- The Big Ten Football Championship Game set to take place Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium will feature West Division champion versus the East Division champion. Indiana Sports Corp and its partners have collaborated to organize a variety of fan and community events surrounding the Big Ten Football Championship Game Weekend that can be enjoyed whether or not an individual has purchased a game ticket. All programs are set to take place on Friday and Saturday prior to the Championship Game Saturday evening.
For the tenth-straight year, the Big Ten Fan Fest presented by Dr Pepper will take place in the Indiana Convention Center on Friday from 5 - 9 PM and from 10 AM - 8 PM on Saturday. More than 200,000 square feet in the Indiana Convention Center will be dedicated to interactive games, entertainment - including special guest appearances and mascots - performances by participating team bands, giveaways, food and beverages, and much more. Each Football Championship Game ticket will allow complimentary access for the holder to the Fan Fest. Prices for adults are $8 and youth (ages 3-12) are $4. Children ages 2 and under are free. Individuals with a Military ID will gain complimentary access. Tickets can be purchased on site at Fan Fest Friday and Saturday.
Several youth programs will be offered inside Fan Fest including the Youth Football Officials Clinic and USA Football FUNdamental Youth Clinics. The Youth Football Officials Clinic takes place Friday from 3 - 9 PM. The clinic attracts potential officials ages 14 and up from the greater Indianapolis area with the program aimed to combat the statewide shortage of high school and middle school football officials. Those that attend will take part in a certification course, including both classroom and on-field training, and be able to officiate middle school football. Registration is required and can be done at IndianaSportsCorp.org/events/btfcg-youth-programs. The USA Football FUNdamental Youth Clinics will take place on Dr Pepper Field inside Fan Fest at 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM, and 3:30 PM on Saturday. No pre-registration is required, and participants will receive a t-shirt.
The Friday Pregame: Georgia Street Block Party presented by Indiana Sports Corp will allow football fans and Indy natives to celebrate the Championship Game weekend in Downtown Indianapolis on Friday, December 3 from 4 - 7:30 PM. Musical talent during the event includes DJ Lockstar and The Doo! Band beginning at 4 PM. Fans can enjoy free food from Wendy's or purchase food and drinks from various vendors. Free merchandise will be provided by the 2022 College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee throughout the event. Fowling (a combination of bowling and football) is available for fans to play with supplies provided by Fowling Warehouse.
For the fifth-straight year, Indiana Sports Corp is leveraging the generosity of fans, alumni, visitors, and residents of the Indianapolis area to get involved through making charitable donations. This year's initiative includes the Football Feeding Families Food Drive presented by Gleaners Food Bank and Indiana Sports Corp's Inspiring Sports Program. Beginning virtually on Monday, November 29, individuals or companies can donate to the East or West Division teams as they face off in raising the most amount of funds for Central Indiana families in need. Gleaners will be taking donations in person at the Friday Pregame: Georgia Street Block Party on December 3, 4 - 7:30 PM and in the Convention Center on Saturday, December 4, 10 AM - Noon. Fans who donate in person at the Friday Pregame can enter to win two tickets to the Big Ten Football Championship Game.
The Tail Greater Party on Georgia Street is back with free admission to the public from 10 AM - 8 PM on Saturday, December 4. The Tail Greater Party includes the World Famous St. Elmo’s Shrimp Cocktail Eating Contest featuring six-time champion Joey Chestnut at 3 PM, food and beverage sales, college football action on the video screens, live bands and DJs, merchandise sales, sponsor giveaways, a photo opportunity with 3-D B1G letters, and much more to offer the ultimate tailgating experience. Local bands will take the stage throughout the day including the Chamber Music Band and Karma Band in addition to DJ Lockstar.
The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium will air live on FOX on Saturday at 8 PM. For a complete list of Big Ten Football Championship Game ancillary events and ticket information visit www.IndianaSportsCorp.org.
About Indiana Sports Corp
Founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission, Indiana Sports Corp is a not-for-profit organization focused on bringing premier sporting events to Indiana to drive economic vitality, facilitate a vibrant community with civic pride and garner positive media attention. Because of this, Indiana Sports Corp is able to provide positive, sports-related opportunities for youth in the community. For more information, please visit IndianaSportsCorp.org.