The Big Ten Tournament Features Hot Dogs for Every School

By Jason Priestas on March 14, 2014 at 7:00a

Remember Levy Restaurants? A year ago the food and beverage provider inked a seven-year deal with Ohio State, bringing smoked brisket potato skins and other delicious, heart attack treats to Ohio Stadium.

Well, Levy also services Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, home of the 2014 Big Ten men's basketball tournament, and boy do they have a hot dog just for you, fan of all things B1G.

From the arrogant mix of blue cheese coleslaw, bacon and golden mustard dressing the Michigan dog, to the  cheddar cheese sauce, pepper jack, provolone, Cheetos and pepper relish of the Wisconsin frank all 12 schools are represented.

In some cases, inspiration for the dogs is evident – see the corn-themed dogs for Iowa and Nebraska, and the aforementioned cheese missile offered to Badger fans – but nailing the school colors was the primary objective.

The Ohio State hot dog at the 2014 Big Ten men's basketball tournament

The Ohio State dog, for instance, features "spicy mustard kraut and pepper relish" combining to form something close to what you'd imagine scarlet and gray on a hot dog would look like.

At $12 a pop, they didn't come cheap, but visitors devoured them, anyway, because gamification! Levy kept a hot dog leaderboard and after the first day of the tourney, the Indiana dog, featuring coleslaw, red pepper relish and fried onions, held a commanding lead with 85 sold to 37 for the Minnesota dog. Chalk that up to the tournament being held in Indy, because there's no way that Hoosier dog is better than the chili, cheddar cheese sauce, diced onions and Fritos splattered on the Gopher frank.

Source: @MGriff_Fox40


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AndyVance's picture

Wow, I wonder what marketing genius came up with this concept, and then what menu planner and purchasing guy had to figure out how to make it work... I may or may not have needed to use the sarcasm font for the words "marketing genius" in the previous sentence. I can't really tell for sure.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Dang, mark me down for a couple of Minnesotas.  And maybe a Wisconsin.


Then I would have to take an explosive _ichigan.

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BierStube's picture

At $12 buck a pop, I would want to sneak my own in ....

Then again, that does not turn out so well sometimes!

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AkronBuckeye13's picture

Brady Hoke's eyes lit up when he saw this.

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alust2013's picture

Hey, hey now, they do come with a soda in a souvenir cup, so not all 12 bucks are for the hot dog.

...and Michigan still sucks.

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Remind me to get tickets next year, almost worth it just for the hot dogs!!  Wait, there's basketball too?!?!?

Buckeyeneer's picture

Minnesota for the win.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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BED's picture

The Purdue looks good.  And it figures TTUN would have the worst one on the board.

Edit: Iowa looks good too.  Need to hit up the hot dog spot in Delaware again...

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Buckeyeneer's picture

If you're ever in Chicagoland, hit up Hot Doug's. Best encased meat I've ever had.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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BED's picture

I love Hot Doug's.  My old college roommate lives in Chicago, and took me there last year when I was visiting.

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TMac's picture

About the same price as popcorn and soda at your local movie theatre, without the B1G souvenir cup!

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MattyBeingMatty's picture

Why do I not believe the Penn State one???? (That's as far as I will go with that joke)

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teddyballgame's picture

$12 for a hotdog LOL

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Hovenaut's picture

Wait, wait, wait.

Blue cheese coleslaw (and what in the hell is that??), golden mustard and bacon?


You do not destroy the reputation of my favorite cured meat by adorning that particular hot dog with it.


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RedStorm45's picture

Couldn't they have just changed Ohio State's to a Bahama Mama instead?

hetuck's picture

I wished they handled the grub at Lucas Oil. The choice between cheese burger or pork tenderloin basket was another unsettling aspect of the B1GCG.

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