The American Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament is one of the highlights of every college basketball season. The AAC is a college basketball powerhouse, with many of the country’s top teams playing in the conference. The AAC Basketball Tournament can trace its roots to the old Big East Tournament which dates back to 1980. The conference split and officially adopted the name AAC in 2013, and 2014 was the first edition of the AAC Basketball tournament. The AAC Basketball Tournament is a single elimination tournament that features all 11 teams from the AAC. The teams are seeded from 1 to 11, with the top 5 seeds receiving a first round bye in the tournament. The winner of the AAC Basketball Tournament receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and enters the big dance with a mountain of momentum. Previous winners of the AAC Basketball Tournament have gone on to reach the Final Four, and win the NCAA Basketball National Championship.
The 2017 AAC Basketball Tournament will be played at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, future AAC Basketball Tournaments will be played at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Previous AAC Basketball Tournaments were played at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.
AAC Basketball Tournament at XL Center Address: 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103
The AAC Men’s Basketball Tournament is held at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The XL Center can seat over 16,000 fans for basketball games and has an electic environment for AAC Tournament basketball games. The AAC Basketball Tournament pits every team in the AAC against each other in a bracket-style tournament, with the winner getting an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Teams are seeded from #1 to #11, with the top five seeds getting first-round byes.
There are four courtside sections along the sidelines, each are numbered 1-4. These seats are almost within reaching distance of the players on the court, and are the best seats in the house.
Sections 101-124 make up the lower level at the XL Center. These are some of the best seats in the house, with sections 103 & 104, and 115 & 116 sitting at midcourt.
Getting tickets in this level is the most cost-efficient way to see the AAC tournament. The upper level at XL Center is comprised of sections 200-230. They are similar to the upper level of most basketball arenas and offer a view of the entire court.
Three Games on Thursday. #8 vs. #9, #10 vs. #7.
Both early games on Friday. Winner of Game 1 vs. #1 and #5 vs. #4.
Both late games on Friday. Winner of Game #2 vs. #2 and Winner of Game 3 vs. #3.
Both games on Saturday. Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 and Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 7
AAC Basketball Tournament Event Guide
What is the best time to buy tickets for the AAC Tournament?
If you’re just going as a spectator and not a fan of any specific team, buy as early as possible. If you want to see your team, wait until you know what seed they are and then jump on tickets for that session!
Can I buy tickets for just the game that my team is playing in?
For this tournament, tickets are only sold as sessions and therefore you are buying a pass to two games (unless it’s the final).