I have been very cynical on here of late, but this came across my desk earlier today and I thought it was a great idea.
The Big Ten Experience, an interactive digital museum located at the conference's headquarters in Rosemont, Ill., will open to the public on Saturday, June 7. The new museum brings the conference's storied academic and athletic history to life and places it at fans’ fingertips.
Located at the conference’s headquarters at 5440 Park Place in Rosemont, the museum will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission to the Big Ten Experience is free.
The Big Ten Experience features a collection of 13 interactive exhibits showcasing conference notables dating back to 1896, the year the conference was founded. Highlights include the Big Ten Theater which gives patrons a behind-the-scenes, immersive audio and video experience looking at student-athletes and traditions, along with radio and television features of notable accomplishments on and off the field of play.
In addition, touch-screen monitors allow fans to learn more about individuals making a difference in the world beyond the playing fields. Fans of all Big Ten schools will be able to learn about their favorites from each campus, including bios, prominent speeches and correspondence from notable alumni. The digital format of the Big Ten Experience allows for new content to be added on a regular basis.
A full list of Big Ten Experience displays can be found below:
This is B1G
A compilation of the conference’s “firsts,” “bests,” “icons” and “timelines” including notable speeches, membership and commissioner timelines, NCAA Championship teams, rivalry trophies, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, national awards – including athletic and academic honors – and more.
Game On (Interactive Game)
Attempt to catch a football, stop a soccer ball, or block a hockey puck through an interactive game that promises to test your speed, agility and hand-eye coordination.
Each institution tells its unique story through key statistics, important dates, fun facts and vibrant photos.
Honoring Legends. Building Leaders.
Read letters from notable Big Ten alumni written to Big Ten fans, watch “Faces of the Big Ten” 30-second spots featuring hundreds of Big Ten student-athletes, past and present, and learn more about the conference’s most prestigious honor – the Big Ten Medal of Honor.
Big Ten Connect
View live footage from Big Ten television partners on five screens and interact with the conference’s and schools’ social media pages as well as BTN2Go on one of four iPads.
Basketball Court with Interactive Radio Calls
A tongue-and-groove hardwood court featuring 14 program-changing audio calls from men’s basketball games throughout the years. Each call is located on the court where the actual shot took place.
Football/Basketball Touch Screen
Get your Big Ten football and basketball “fix” here. Fantastic finishes in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball; incredible slam dunks; Heisman Trophy winners; and great Rose Bowl Game moments. Visitors can also view every Rose Bowl Game program cover dating back to 1902.
Heisman Trophy Photo Op
Strike a “Heisman” pose and snap a photo. The perfect keepsake for any Big Ten fan.
Big Ten Vault
Two video monitors stand back-to-back in the space just outside the Big Ten Theater. One contains video vignettes of awe-inspiring performances by student-athletes in a variety of sports. The other contains every Sports Illustrated magazine cover featuring a Big Ten team.
Big Ten Slideshow
A compilation of photos featuring Big Ten campuses, architecture, notable alumni and unique university programs.
Big Ten Impact
View BTN’s inspiring “LiveB1G” programs that shine a light on Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through research innovations, education and local community outreach.
Current Big Ten Champions
Every Big Ten Championship team, NCAA Championship team, and/or individual champion for the current academic year is featured in this interactive touchscreen.
Big Ten Theater
Fans will get a truly unique, behind-the-scenes look at Big Ten student-athletes and Conference traditions in these three-minute films from each of our member institutions. Films include: Illinois Track and Field: A Work of Art; Indiana Basketball: Assembly Hall. Indiana’s 6th Man; Iowa Wrestling: The Pursuit of Excellence; Michigan Gymnastics: Go Blue. A Game Day Tradition; Michigan State Basketball: The Journey Starts at Midnight; Minnesota Men’s Ice Hockey: A Hockey State of Mind; Nebraska Volleyball: Honor the Past. Invent the Future; Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse: Games Aren’t Won on Gameday; Ohio State Marching Band: TBDBITL; Penn State Men’s Gymnastics: We are Penn State Gymnastics; Purdue Diving: Fear is Not an Option; and Wisconsin Football: Jump Around.