Tickets for the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game go on sale Saturday, but fans won't have to shell out the cash for a full-price ticket five months before the game and just hope that their team makes it.
New to this year's game, fans will have the option to reserve a ticket for a $10 fee. If their specified team qualifies for the championship game, they can purchase the reserved ticket at full price at a later date. However, if the team does not qualify, the reservation expires and the $10 fee is forfeited.
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Reservations and tickets to the 2nd annual Big Ten Championship Game will be available beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, through ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
This year's conference championship will be held on Dec. 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the site of the game through 2015, between the top teams from the Legends and Leaders divisions. The winner will earn a chance to play in either the Rose Bowl or the National Championship game. Wisconsin defeated Michigan State 42-39 in the inaugural game last season.
Due to sanctions imposed by the Big Ten, Ohio State and Penn State are ineligible for this year's championship.