Ball State is hoping to host the Indiana Hoosiers in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in 2019. Whether they get that worked out or not, Ball State and Indiana will play in 2019 as part of a new three-game scheduling agreement announced Monday afternoon.
Indiana will host Ball State twice in the three-game deal. The Hoosiers will welcome Ball State to Bloomington on September 15, 2018 and again on September 19, 2020. The date for the 2019 game has not been confirmed and is likely contingent on availability to host a game in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ball State wants to be the home team in the game, which would also bring a bigger cut of the revenue from the neutral site game in cooperation with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.
“A renewed series between Ball State and Indiana is an outstanding opportunity for the student-athletes and fan bases of both institutions,” Ball State head coach Pete Lembo said in a released statement from Ball State. “Our previous games in Bloomington and at Lucas Oil Stadium have been highly competitive and very well attended. These contests will bring great exposure for both teams in our home state. We greatly appreciate the willingness of the Indiana administration to work with us to make this series possible.”
Indiana and Ball State were already scheduled to play in 2016 in Bloomington. Indiana leads the all-time series 4-3.
Lucas Oil Stadium is the host site for the Big Ten Championship Game, so this might be the best chance Indiana gets to play in the stadium as well.