That’s a headline on Google news I just saw. I went to access the article, but apparently the Herald Times of Bloomington charges you to read their paper online.
Anyway, if the headline is true, it means that the game that was supposed to be AT Indiana on November 20th, 2010, will now be played in Washington, DC.
Check back here for more updates as we gather more information on this story.
UPDATE*******HERE IS WHAT THE STORY SAYS:
Indiana will trade a home football game with Penn State next season for a $3 million pay day, athletic director Fred Glass said Tuesday.
The Hoosiers have agreed to move the game, scheduled Nov. 20, to FedEx field in Landover, Md.
FedEx Field is the home of the Washington Redskins, who first approached IU about making the deal.
“Obviously, it’s very positive for us financially,” Glass said. “When you rank second to the bottom in the conference in money spent per sport, you have to color outside the lines and be open to new ways to generate revenue.”
Indiana generally makes less than $1 million per home game.
Glass is working to add a sixth home date by either moving a planned non-conference game at Central Michigan back to Bloomington or by replacing the Chippewas with a Football Bowl Subdivision team that will agree to play at Memorial Stadium.
“Obviously, we didn’t want to take away from the town as far as the revenue and impact a home game has,” Glass said. “This way we were able to create a unique experience for our players and the fans on the East Coast without taking away from Bloomington.”
The Big Ten retains television rights to the game, and Indiana remains the home team.
FedEx Field is the largest facility used by a pro sports team in the United States. It seats 91,704. It will host one other college game in 2010, between Virginia Tech and Boise State. It last hosted a college game in 2004 when Virginia Tech played Southern California in the Black Coaches Association Classic.
Beaver Stadium, where Penn State plays its home games, seats 107,282 and is located about three and a half hours from FedEx Field.
But Glass is hopeful that East Coast Indiana fans will also show up in large numbers. As part of the deal, Indiana has to sell 7,000 tickets. Glass doesn’t think that will be a problem.
“You’ve got tens of thousands of IU grads in the area around D.C.,” Glass said. “It’s an area we want to recruit. And the players get the chance to play in a professional stadium.”
Glass said the program will treat the weekend like a bowl trip.
“It’s just a special experience,” Glass said. “(Head coach) Bill Lynch really embraced it. Even if it weren’t a big pay day, it’s just the type of thing you want to do for your program.”
Lynch was not available for comment after practice Tuesday, as the team had a previous engagement.