BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship Single-Session Tickets Available

March 4, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Single-session tickets for the 2009 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship are on sale today, Tuesday, March 3 at 10 a.m. ET. The BIG EAST has unveiled a new tournament format for its women's basketball championship in 2009, with all 16 teams invited to battle for the conference's automatic NCAA tournament bid. The 27th annual conference tournament will take place Friday-Tuesday, March 6-10, at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn.

The availability of single-session tickets coincides with the announcement of the seeds for the tournament which were finalized Monday night with the conclusion of the regular season. Championship ticket packages for all 15 games may still be purchased at the reduced value of $99, which is discounted by nearly one half of the face value.

Session tickets are priced as follows:
Session 1 (Fri. afternoon doubleheader)...................................... $20
Session 2 (Fri. evening doubleheader).......................................... $20
Session 3 (Sat. afternoon doubleheader).................................... $20
Session 4 (Sat. evening doubleheader)......................................... $20
Session 5 (Sun. afternoon doubleheader).................................... $25
Session 6 (Sun. evening doubleheader)......................................... $25
Session 7 (Monday semifinal doubleheader).............................. $30
Session 8 (Tuesday championship final)....................................... $30

To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. In addition, tickets can be purchased online by logging on to the XL Center website at www.xlcenter.com or the Ticketmaster website at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets, including Macy's at Buckland Hills Mall (Manchester, Conn.) and West Farms Mall (West Hartford, Conn.). The two retail outlets are the closest locations to the XL Center.

Tickets can also be purchased at the XL Center box office beginning today. Weekday box office hours are Noon-5 p.m. For weekend events, the box office will open four hours prior to the start of an event. All ticket purchases are subject to additional convenience fees.

For group sales (10 or more) information and discounts, please contact the XL Center at (860) 548-2000.

The City of Hartford has embraced the annual event with the first five years resulting in unparalleled success for the Conference, leading all leagues nationally in average attendance. The Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau and its members are hard at work to offer fans special rates and discounts on hotels, restaurants and complimentary shuttle services to tourist attractions. For more information please visit www.enjoyhartford.com/bigeast.

The 2009 second-round games on March 7 will be aired as part of the BIG EAST Regional Television Package, which is broadcast via Regional Sports Networks (RSN) in BIG EAST markets. SportsNet New York (SNY) is the flagship station for the BIG EAST RSN Game of the Week during the regular season and will carry all four first-round tournament games as well. The quarterfinals on March 8 and semifinals on March 9 will be shown live on ESPNU, while the championship game, on March 10, will appear on ESPN as the only women's conference championship on the network's primary platform.

The BIG EAST is the largest and most diverse Division I conference in the country. It was formed in 1979 and represents the athletic interests of 16 member institutions including the University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, DePaul University, Georgetown University, University of Louisville, Marquette University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, Providence College, Rutgers University, St. John's University, Seton Hall University, University of South Florida, Syracuse University, Villanova University and West Virginia University. The BIG EAST Conference has captured 25 national championships in six different sports and is a founding member of the Bowl Championship Series. For more information on the Conference and its membership, please visit www.bigeast.org.

 

 

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