Great response from you folks on Monday's question about whether the Big Ten limited itself in picking sites for its future football championship.
There were a lot of defenders for downtown Detroit as a site for championship games at Ford Field. I'll try to make it down there next time I'm in the area. Sounds like things have improved a lot.
Let's get to your comments ...
Andy from Ann Arbor, Mich., writes: What exactly are the drawbacks of downtown Detroit? While there are certainly bad parts of the city, the same can be said for Chicago and while I have never been there personally, I would assume Indy as well. Detroit has been able to successfully and safely host Super Bowls, NCCA BBall Championships, All Star Games etc. Also, the atmosphere around the stadium is excellent (Greektown and restaurants like Hockeytown cafe) and tailgating room is abundant. I personally think the game should rotate.
Steve from Cincinnati writes: If the main criteria for playing the Big Ten championship game is playing it indoors, then Cleveland should not be considered. However, while there is less to do than in Chicago, it is not a city lacking the draw required. Ohio City was just named among the best bar crawl neighborhoods in the country by USA Today and contains 2 breweries and one of the best Belgian Beer bars in the country. There are also 20 Cleveland restaurants in Zagat's 2011 America's Top Restaurants.While I'll be the first one to admit it's not Chicago, the point of rotating cities is to not give the same teams a geographical advantage. Using a rotation of cities helps to balance this, and also helps more than one deserving city to reap the benefits. I think Indy, Chicago, and Cleveland are all deserving, and the fact that they wouldn't even hear Cleveland's proposal means their decision is based on untrue stereotypes of the city instead of reality.
Keith from Detroit writes: Adam I disagree on your take on Chicago and Indy have a better egde. Must I remind one of the best Superbowls ever hosted was in Detroit. That came from the NFL brass. I think you and like others have this bias against Detroit cause if its rep in the 80's that still linger around though the media. Detroit downtown is awsome. I like Chicago's downtown. However when it relates to hosting and event and parting Detroit really the best.
Nate from Monterrey, Calif., writes: On the subject of possible locations for the B1G CCG, I think the B1G offices got it right. Cincy and Cleveland are OK choices and I enjoy the Twin Cities personally, but when you factor in tourist options for the fans, location, downtown experience, stadiums, etc. Chicago and Indy are the obvious (and best) options. Also, I'd rather have the game just about anywhere other than Detroit.
Steve from Pittsburgh writes: Adam,Indianapolis or Chicago would make the most sense for hosting the Big Ten Championship not only because they are centrally located among the various Big Ten schools but because they are also major travel arteries - Big Ten fans could travel via car, train, or plane to get there. If I had to choose just one, it'd be Indianapolis - it's a beautiful city with wonderful facilities and the new Lucas Stadium could be closed if the weather was truly atrocious. Oh, and as a Pittsburgher, I say that Mr. Gilbert & all of Cleveland can go jump in Lake Erie. I'd rather see Lincoln get to host the championship game than Cleveland.
Craig from Braintree, Mass., writes: Adam,I think the Big Ten needs to consider Minneapolis. Minneapolis has hosted many national events including the Super Bowl in the Metrodome. The U of M hosts Big Ten and NCAA hockey championships regularly. The Big Ten championship would be before the cold weather sets in. If there is bad weather, the airport and highway department are better equipped than Chicago or Indianapolis to deal with it.
Clif from Charlotte writes: As a former Michigan resident and a Michigan alum, I am dissappointed that the Big 10 didn't think about the communities they could help by spreading the wealth and rotating the site for the Big 10 Championship game. Let's face it. No matter where the game is played, people will be there. What about communities like Detroit and Cleveland that have been hit hardest by the economic downturn? The Big 10 really could have helped these communities by staging the championship there. Instead, they don't even talk to them. It's a shame.
Luke from Jesup, Iowa, writes: While opening the B1G Championship game to other cities is probably the kosher thing to do from a PR standpoint, I think everyone and their brother knows as well as Delany knows, it's a two horse race: Chicago and Indy. Delany is not the type of guy that's going to delay a decision just to protect people's feelings.
Colton from Columbus, Ohio, writes: If I had to narrow the Big 10 title cities down to two, Cleveland would definitely get some consideration from me. In the end, I would choose between Green Bay and Indianapolis, though. Indy is the safe choice, but a title game at Lambeau would be pretty amazing.
Thanks again for all the responses!