Jan. 31, 2008
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Single-session tickets for the 2008 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 Live go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008 at 10 a.m. EST. The 2008 tournament, which takes place on March 6-9 at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, features all 11 Big Ten teams battling in 10 games over four days of competition. The winner will earn the conference's coveted automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
The single-session tickets ($12-$16) will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone numbers (317-239-5151 in central Indiana) and www.ticketmaster.com. All-session tickets ($65) remain on sale.
The bracket for the 2008 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, along with information on tickets, travel, lodging, tournament history and more can be found at both www.bigten.org and www.indianasportscorp.com. For the first time since 2001, the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will be played on four consecutive days with games scheduled for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
This year's tournament will mark the 13th time in 14 years that the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will be held in Indianapolis. In 2006, the Big Ten set an overall tournament attendance record with 38,665 spectators. The 2004 championship game, also held at Conseco Fieldhouse, was played in front of a single-session record of 9,417 fans. In the past 13 years of Big Ten Tournament play, the conference has welcomed more than 381,000 fans and six different conference representatives have become tournament champions. Reigning Big Ten Tournament Champion Purdue leads all teams with six titles followed by two championships for both Iowa and Penn State and single titles for Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State.
The Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments will call Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse home through 2012.
The tournament schedule is as follows (game times are listed in EST):
Session 1: Noon, Thursday, March 6 - $12
#7 Seed vs. #10 Seed; #6 Seed vs. #11 Seed; #8 Seed vs. #9 Seed;
Session 2: 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 7 - $14
#2 Seed vs. #7/10 Winner; #3 Seed vs. #6/11 Winner
Session 3: 6 p.m., Friday, March 7 - $14
#1 Seed vs. #8/9 Winner; #4 Seed vs. #5 Seed
Session 4: 6 p.m., Saturday, March 8 - $16
Semifinal Games #1 and #2
Session 5: 5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 9 - $16
Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone Numbers Local to Big Ten Universities
Champaign (217) 351-2626; Bloomington (812) 333-9955; Iowa City (319) 363-1888; Ann Arbor (248) 645-6666; East Lansing (517) 484-5656; Minneapolis (651) 989-5151; Evanston (312) 559-1212; Columbus (614) 431-3600; University Park (570) 693-4100; West Lafayette (765) 743-5151; Madison (608) 255-4646.
The Big Ten Conference is an association of 11 world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes' lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Big Ten universities provide approximately $94 million in direct financial aid to more than 8,400 men and women student-athletes who compete for 25 championships, 12 for men and 13 for women. Conference institutions sponsor broad-based athletic programs with more than 270 teams. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.
Indiana Sports Corporation (ISC), a private not-for-profit entity, has a focused and critical purpose - to attract and bring to Indiana marquee sporting events in a first-class manner. Since 1979, ISC has done just that:
- Attracting and helping stage more than 400 national and international sporting events to Indiana, generating more than $3 billion in direct economic impact;
- Convincing 10 elite national sports organizations to move their headquarters to Indianapolis, including the NCAA, which in total contribute $91 million annually to the Indiana economy; and
- Impacting tens of thousands of Indiana youth each year with convincing messages and real-life examples showing healthy lifestyle choices, character and leadership development.
For more information, visit www.indianasportscorp.com.