Warm weather invites Big Ten Championship crowds

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When observing the crowds at Big Ten Championship weekend, one can't help but notice that the fans aren't dressed for typical December weather.

A couple of hours before kickoff, Eyewitness News observed hundreds of fans in short sleeves, posing for pictures and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. It was during the first Big Ten championship weekend in 2011 that the finishing touches were being applied to Georgia Street for the Super Bowl. This year the overhead heaters along the street are on, but few people are stopping to warm up.

Eyewitness News asked one Wisconsin fan headed into the game what the temperature was last year. "A little bit cooler," the fan said. It was 20 degrees cooler, to be exact.

Both Wisconsin and Nebraska hold a reputation of having fans that will typically follow their team anywhere, but this time their numbers were limited. "I think they were allowed 15,000 tickets and turned back about 7,000," said one Nebraska fan. "We still got a good turnout though," he said.

For a college football conference championship, the weather typically doesn't deter the fans from coming to the game. Nice weather does get the fans out into the area and spending money, which is the reason cities compete to host games like these. But this marks the second major football weekend in Indy with better-than-average weather. The Super Bowl in February was also unseasonably warm.

Even still, turnout is really what matters when it comes to revenue for the city. The weather just makes it better.