PARK RIDGE, Ill. All-session tickets for the 2008 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 Live will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. EST. The 14th annual women’s event returns to Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse March 6-9, 2008. Indianapolis has staged 12 of the 13 previous women’s tournaments. The 2008 tournament features all 11 Big Ten teams in action, competing in 10 games over four days to crown the 2008 champion and earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. 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.
To reward fans for their support of the tournament over the years, all-session tickets are on sale for $45 for the first 45 days of public sale. That is a $20 discount from the regular price of $65. The ticket promotion is available through all 11 Big Ten university ticket offices, the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com.
The 2008 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket, along with information on tickets, travel, lodging, tournament history and more, can be found at www.bigten.org and www.indianasportscorp.com.
The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will call the city of Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse home from 2008 through 2012 in an agreement reached in June of 2006.
2008 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, presented by Xbox 360 Live
All-session tickets for the women’s tournament are $65 and are available at all 11 Big Ten university ticket offices, the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at (317) 239-5151. All-session tickets are available at the special discounted price of $45 for the first 45 days of public sales. The $45 promotion ends Jan. 7, 2008.
In 2006, the last year that Indianapolis hosted both the men’s and the women’s tournaments, the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 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. 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.
Fans wishing to purchase all-session tickets within their university’s fan block are encouraged to contact their school’s ticket office.
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 andinternational sporting events to Indiana, generating more than $3billion in direct economic impact;
Convincing 10 elite national sports organizations to move theirheadquarters to Indianapolis, including the NCAA, which in totalcontribute $91 million annually to the Indiana economy; and
Impacting tens of thousands of Indiana youth each year withconvincing messages and real-life examples showing healthylifestyle choices, character and leadership development.
For more information, visit www.indianasportscorp.com.