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Minneapolis to host Big Ten women's basketball tournament in 2023, men's in 2024

April 20, 2022
<p>Then-junior guard Nia Clouden (24) stares down an Indiana player during the first quarter of the game. The Spartans advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament after defeating the Hoosiers, 69-61, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Shot on March 11, 2021.</p>

Then-junior guard Nia Clouden (24) stares down an Indiana player during the first quarter of the game. The Spartans advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament after defeating the Hoosiers, 69-61, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Shot on March 11, 2021.

Photo by Lauren DeMay | The State News

The Big Ten has revealed today the locations of future marquee events, including the football championship game and the men's and women's basketball tournaments, through 2024.

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The Big Ten Football Championship Game will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana through 2024, with the venue having hosted the event since its inception in 2011. Nearly 700,000 fans have attended the game over its 11 years, including a record high of 67,183 fans in 2021, according to the Big Ten's press release.

The 2023 Big Ten Women's and 2024 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments will be held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This will be the first time that the women will be competing outside of Indianapolis since 2015 and it comes after a sold-out NCAA Women's Final Four happened in late March.

The 2023 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will be held at the United Center in Chicago. This will mark another city that's hosted the tournament in the last six seasons, totaling five: Washington D.C. (2017), New York City (2018), Chicago (2019, 2023), Indianapolis (2020-22), Minneapolis (2024).

"We are thrilled to bring marquee conference events such as the Big Ten Football Championship Game and the Big Ten Basketball Tournaments to world-class cities and venues within the conference footprint,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a press release. “Indianapolis and Minneapolis each have a strong history and tradition of hosting some of the world’s premier events in cities that feature an exceptional base of Big Ten Conference alumni and fans. We look forward to creating new memories and experiences for our student-athletes, coaches, and member institutions, further expanding our fanbase, cultivating relationships with the business community, and fostering a positive and lasting impact on these cities.”

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