March 22, 2010
The Big Ten Conference announced today that all-session tickets are now on sale for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds, to be held Friday and Sunday, March 18 and 20, at the United Center in Chicago.
Ticket applications for the 2011 NCAA Championship First and Second Rounds at the United Center can be submitted online at www.ncaa.com/mbbtickets. The price of an all-session ticket is $225, plus a $15 service charge and a $3 fee for the NCAA’s “Good of the Game” fund per ticket. The “Good of the Game” fund is used exclusively to support efforts to preserve the history and promote the future of the game of basketball. The ticket price includes all three sessions -- two sessions (four games) on March 18 and one session (two games) on March 20. Single-session tickets will be sold only if seats remain available on March 17, 2011.
Applications for tickets must be submitted on-line no later than May 1, 2010, and there is an eight-ticket limit per order. If the number of requests received by May 1 exceeds the number of seats available, a random-selection process will take place during the month of May. In the weeks that follow, applicants will either be notified by email that they have been selected to purchase tickets or that they will receive refunds. Tickets will be mailed in February of 2011.
The Big Ten will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship at the United Center for the fourth time overall. The conference first hosted the event in 1998, the week after the first Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament was held at the same facility. The Big Ten also hosted first and second round contests in 2002 and 2007. For more information on the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, go to www.bigten.org or www.ncaa.com.
With the opportunity to host the NCAA Championship, the Big Ten will once again manage basketball tournaments for three straight weeks in March of 2011. The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is scheduled for March 3-6, 2011, followed by the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament from March 10-13, 2011. Both the men’s and women’s events will be held at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.