Chicago's United Center to Host 2015 Big Ten Basketball Tournament
You’ve probably heard the term “March Madness” in reference to the NCAA’s annual college basketball tournament, but the month’s basketball drama starts before that. Conference tournaments earlier in March help determine who makes it to the national stage and who stays home. If you’re a fan of the Big Ten, or just love college hoops, it’s definitely worth planning a trip to Chicago to see which team will be crowned Big Ten tournament champion.
The Big Ten Men’s College Basketball Tournament will take place at Chicago’s United Center from March 11th through 15th The tournament is a single elimination bracket featuring all 14 Big Ten Conference Schools.
About the Big Ten Tournament
There’s a lot at stake for competitors in the Big Ten tournament, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA National Division I Basketball Tournament. One of the most exciting parts about the the post-season conference tournament is that every team gets a chance, better teams get advantageous seeds based on their regular season records (with the regular season champion getting the #1 spot) but who wins the tournament is up for grabs!
The Big Ten started its post season tournament in 1998 and since then its title has been claimed by 6 schools. Ohio State and Michigan State have won 4 times each, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin have each won twice and Purdue has won once.
Get Your Tickets Today
Tickets for the Big Ten Men’s Basketball tournament can be purchase through TicketMaster, UnitedCenter.com or the Big Ten Universities’ box offices. There are several levels of tickets available depending on how much of the tournament you want to see. You can purchase tickets for individual sessions, which usually include 1 or 2 games of the tournament or you can purchase all-session tickets, which include admission for the entirety of the tournament. Ticket prices vary greatly from about $5 for lower quality individual session seats to about $375 for all-session premium seats.
About the United Center
Opened in 1994, the United Center (a.k.a. The Madhouse on Madison) is home to the NBA franchise Chicago Bulls as well as the NHL’s Blackhawks. It also frequently hosts other events including concerts, pro-wrestling specials and even the occasional rodeo.
The United Center has a prestigious history of being the location for sports championships. It was home to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010 and 2013 as well as the ’96, ’97 and ’98 NBA finals. It’s also no stranger to Big Ten Basketball and has hosted the conference’s tournament 8 times, most recently in 2014.
Where: United Center, Chicago
When: March 11-15
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