Downtown Indy is gearing up for the 8th annual Big Ten Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 8PM E.T. The weekend lineup is packed with tailgating events, live performances, pep rallies, and pre-game parties, including the Big Ten Fan Fest at the Indiana Convention Center.
2018 Big Ten Football Championship Events
Don’t miss these top downtown Indianapolis events near Lucas Oil Stadium.
Your Big Ten Football Championship Game ticket includes complimentary admission to the Big Ten Fan Fest presented by Dr Pepper. The event features interactive games, special guest appearances, mascots, performances by team bands, giveaways, and much more.
Fans can enjoy the ultimate tailgating experience right in the middle of downtown Indy. Georgia Street is a pedestrian-friendly urban space with a walkway that connects to the Indiana Convention Center.
The three-block street is lined with shops, food trucks, restaurants, bars, and sidewalk cafes. Free and open to the public, the event features a live band and DJ, a shrimp eating contest, giveaways, photo ops, and college football games on video screens.
The World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship is an annual Indianapolis tradition that takes place at the Meijer Tailgate Party on Georgia Street.
Reigning champion, Joey Chestnut (the world’s #1 competitive eater), boasts the world record for eating 15 gut-wrenching pounds of St. Elmo’s shrimp cocktail in eight minutes. The mighty Chestnut returns to defend his title against competing Major League Eaters.
Touch Down at our Hotel Near Lucas Oil Stadium
JW Marriott Indy and Lucas Oil Stadium are directly connected via Indy’s climate-controlled skywalk system. Fans staying at our downtown Indy hotel can enjoy the convenience of walking to the Big Ten Football game and the Big Ten Fan Fest without having to step outside. We’re only 0.5 miles from the stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, and the Georgia Street action is one mile from us.