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Everything you need to know to plan a road trip to the Big Ten Championship Game

It’s not too late to take the two-and-a-half hour drive to Indy for Saturday’s game.

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NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 06 Big Ten Championship Game - Wisconsin v Ohio State Photo by Khris Hale/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Ok, fam, the 2019 Big Ten Championship game is just two days away, and the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes will be taking on the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers this Saturday in OSU’s final game north of the Mason-Dixon Line this season. So, unless you want to travel 600 (Atlanta to 1,800 (Phoenix) miles to see them in the College Football Playoffs, this will be your last chance to see this version of the Buckeyes live and in person before the mass exodus to the NFL in January.

But don’t worry if you haven’t planned your trip to Indianapolis yet, because we’ve got you covered with all of the info that you could possibly need to plan a last-minute, two-and-a-half hour road trip across I-70 this weekend.


The Game

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts and the NFL Combine
When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT
How much: This is the big question. On StubHub right now, tickets are pretty cheap considering the magnitude of the game.

You can get tickets as cheap as $48.45 plus fees on StubHub right now to sit in the end zone terrace section, or you can get lower-level club seats at the 50-yard line for just $284.05 a piece.

Lots of options for last-minute tickets, and if you wait until just before kick, they will likely continue to go down.

Click here to purchase tickets to the Big Ten Title Game!


What else is there to do?

The Official Big Ten Championship Game Home Page

Big Ten RV Nation: Friday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 8.
Big Ten Fan Fest: Friday, Dec. 6, from 3-9 p.m. CT, Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. CT
FOX Sports Cares Night: Friday, Dec. 6, from 5-7:30 p.m. CT
T-Mobile BTN Kickoff Concert headlined by Fall Out Boy: Friday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m. CT
Doors open at 8 p.m.; Pre-concert activation on Georgia Street from 6-8 p.m.

Don’t know who Fall Out Boy is? It’s these guys (good luck getting this song out of your head for the next few days):

USA Football FUNdamental Youth Clinics: Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. CT
Saturday of Service: Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m.–12 noon CT
Meijer Tail Greater Party on Georgia Street: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. CT

Ohio State Pep Rally: Saturday, Dec. 7. 5-7 p.m. at the Bullseye Event Center located just south of Lucas Oil Stadium at 723 South Capitol Avenue.


Where to eat?

The most famous spot in Indy is St. Elmo Steak House in downtown. The world-famous steak house has been serving steaks, seafood, chicken and chops for 117 years. If you can get in (and you can afford it), this place is well worth the trip.

For something completely different, just a few blocks away there’s Shapiro’s Delicatessen which has been serving it’s famous corned beef and pastrami on rye, matzo ball soup, apricot rugelach, and bagels since 1905.

If you’re looking for a place to get your drink on, try Bakersfield Mass Ave. where you can sample more than 100 tequilas and whiskeys and their beer comes in a frosty boot mug.

Visit Indy’s Top 25 Local Restaurants!


Where to stay?

There are a ton of options for lodging in the Circle City, and we’ve got them all for you.

Big Ten Championship Game Hotels

Click Name to Book Room Distance from Venue Price Range Location
Click Name to Book Room Distance from Venue Price Range Location
Baymont Inn & Suites - Indianapolis Airport/Plainfield 12.69 $71.40–$149 Southwest
Best Western Plus 10.18 $104.95–$169.99 Northwest
Candlewood Suites Indianapolis Airport 5.01 $99–$159 Southwest
Candlewood Suites Indianapolis City Centre 2.19 $108.44–$206.99 Downtown
Candlewood Suites Indianapolis East 6.79 $71.23–$206.10 Northeast
Candlewood Suites Indianapolis Northeast 11.57 $109–$149 Northeast
Conrad Indianapolis 0.52 $249–$685 Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott at the Capitol 0.84 $159.01–$329 Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Castleton 11.67 $149–$259 Northeast
Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis-Carmel 12.15 $149–$219 Northeast
Courtyard by Marriott Northwest 10.22 $119–$249 Northwest
Courtyard Indianapolis Airport 5.5 $139–$249 Southwest
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport 6.06 $159–$269 Southwest
Delta Hotel by Marriott 7.01 $109–$249 Northeast
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown 0.52 $259–$329 Downtown
Embassy Suites Indianapolis North 11.32 $169.36–$229 Northwest
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Airport 5.1 $129.01–$249 Southwest
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis East 6.83 $129–$219 Northeast
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Northwest 11.71 $116.10–$219 Northwest
Hampton Inn Downtown 0.43 $189–$249 Downtown
Hampton Inn Northwest - Park 100 10.17 $159–$199 Northwest
Hampton Inn & Suites Indianapolis Airport 10.15 $119.01–$236 Southwest
Hilton Garden Inn Downtown 0.66 $239–$279 Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Airport 10.1 $170.24–$259.25 Southwest
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Northeast/Fishers 13.8 $164–$239.99 Northeast
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Northwest 10.13 $129.48–$169.48 Northwest
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis South 10.51 $110.43–$169 South
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites 0.61 $179.35–$256 Downtown
Holiday Inn Express Fishers 13.8 $94.37–$189 Northeast
Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Indianapolis Airport 5.3 $159.99–$350.13 Northwest
Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis - Airport/Plainfield 12.53 $161.10–$229 Southwest
Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis/Carmel 13.3 $111.20–$349 Northeast
Homewood Suites by Hilton Keystone at the Crossing 10.71 $207–$319.43 Northeast
Hyatt Place Indianapolis Airport 5.25 $189.23–$209.23 Southwest
Hyatt Place Indianapolis Keystone 11.38 $149.39–$229 Northeast
Indianapolis Marriott East 6.93 $129–$249 Northeast
Omni Severin Hotel 0.29 $219–$679 Downtown
Quality Inn Indy Castleton 11.13 $124.99–$159 Northeast
Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown on the Canal 0.82 $189.01–$409 Downtown
Residence Inn - Indianapolis Northwest 10.03 $120–$249.32 Northwest
Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel 0.68 $199.45–$339 Downtown
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown Indianapolis 0.58 $99.01–$309 Downtown
SpringHill Suites - Fishers 13.5 $139.07–$239 Northeast
Staybridge Suites Indianapolis Carmel 12.59 $128.95–$288.95 Northeast
Staybridge Suites Indianapolis City Centre 0.27 $121.44–$498.99 Downtown
The Alexander 0.41 $169–$359.20 Downtown
Wingate by Wyndham Airport - Rockville Road 5.26 $92.65–$250 Northwest

Courtesy of the Big Ten Conference. For more information, contact us at 1.800.556.INDY or 317.262.8187 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:30 pm EST) or via email at TravelDesk@VisitIndy.com.