Ball State University has signed a contract to move its season-opening home football game against Indiana University to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, according to the Star-Press in Muncie.
BSU Athletic Director Tom Collins told the newspaper that stadium officials are expected to sign off on the deal by the end of the week.
The game is set for Sept. 3.
Collins said BSU has a goal to sell 40,000 tickets at an average cost of $40 each. If ticket sales meet expectations, the school expects to exceed $700,000 in additional profit beyond what a sold-out game at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie would generate. Capacity at the Muncie stadium is 22,500.
Ball State has hosted only one other Big Ten team in school history, on Sept. 9, 2006, when IU beat Ball State, 24-23.
Ball State ranked last in home attendance among the 120 Football Subdivision Schools last season, with an average of 8,947 spectators per game. The game against IU at Lucas Oil Stadium will still be considered a home game, Collins told the newspaper, bolstering the team’s average attendance figure next season.