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The Big East Conference was formed in 1979 after seven East Coast schools - the University of Connecticut, St. John's, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, Syracuse and Boston College - came together with the intent of creating a basketball-centric league. The Big East Men's Basketball Tournament began in 1980 and initially shifted between league arenas before settling on its permanent home, Madison Square Garden in 1983. The tourney has grown into the most popular conference championship in men's collegiate basketball and features some of the best teams in the U.S.

The Big East went through a major transformation in 2013, dropping a lot of teams that ended up in the ACC and new American Athletic Conference while keeping the Catholic 7 core. The Big East now consists of Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova and Xavier. It’s a new conference lineup to bring even more of a sense of community into an already competitive tournament.

Fans attending the Big East Tournament buy tickets for sessions instead of individual games, so make sure to check this page to find what session your team is playing in. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Big East Basketball Tournament tickets.

2016 Big East Basketball Tournament Preview

The Big East Basketball Tournament is one of the pillar events of the college basketball season and the 2016 edition at Madison Square Garden is expected to draw massive crowds. The 2016 Big East Basketball tournament will be headlined by top rated Villanova. The Wildcats have spent much of the 2nd half of the season ranked #1 in the country, and will likely receive a #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. While the Wildcats may be one of the nation’s top teams, they will have fierce competition for the 2016 Big East Basketball Tournament crown, most notably from Xavier. The Musketeers have their own eyes on a top seed in the NCAA Tournament and will look to rebound from last year’s Big East Tournament final loss to the Wildcats. Other top contenders for the 2016 Big East Tournament crown will be Providence, Butler, and Seton Hall.

Check out our Big East Basketball Tournament Preview History page for previews of previous Big East Basketball Tournaments.

Big East Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden

Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, New York, 10001

The Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Every team in the Big East play against each other in a bracket-style tournament, with the winner getting an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Teams are seeded from #1 to #10, with the top six teams getting a first-round bye.

Courtside and Baseline

The Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Every team in the Big East play against each other in a bracket-style tournament, with the winner getting an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Teams are seeded from #1 to #10, with the top six teams getting a first-round bye.

Floor Level

Directly behind the first few courtside rows, these sections are premier seating that will get you a great view of the game. Sections 4-6 and 10-12 are Club sections.

100 Level

Very close to the court without paying for courtside seats. 106-108 and 116-118 are Club sections. The sections with "baseline" or "platinum" are slightly closer than the 100 level sections without it.

200 Level

This is a small level on the baselines, with less than 10 rows in each section. They become the biggest sections along the sidelines, and those called Lower Level Center give you a good view at a reasonable price.

300 Level

This level of seating is called many different things in different areas of the arena, including balcony, chase bridges, and the lounge. It's the highest level in MSG.

400 Level

The 400 Level End is on a baseline, and is actually closer to the court than the 300 level seating behind it. This is an affordable place to sit where you won't miss a second of the action.

MSG Suites

The MSG Suites come with a private entrance to the Garden, 17-20 passes, catering and beverages, concierge service and a private restroom.

Madison Square Garden Seating Chart

Big East Basketball Tournament Sessions

Session 1

Both games on Wednesday, #8 vs. #9 and #7 vs. #10.

Session 2

Both early games on Thursday, #1 vs Game 1 Winner and #4 vs #5.

Session 3

Both late games on Thursday, #2 vs Game 2 Winner and #3 vs #6.

Session 4

Both matchups in the semifinals on Friday.

Session 5

Admission to the Big East Championship Game. It is the only session that is only one game.

Big East Basketball Tournament Event Guide

When do gates open prior to a game?

The doors at MSG are scheduled to open 60 minutes before all events.

Do my kids need a ticket to the Big East Tournament?

Any child who has yet to reach their second birthday does not require a ticket, however, they may not occupy their own seat and must sit on a parent's or guardian's lap.

Where can I find the Big East tournament schedule?

The 2017 Big East tournament schedule is listed as soon as it is made available by the tournament, and TicketCity has all the dates and times posted above for all sessions. The tournament is split up into sessions, with each session containing two games except for the last one, which is just the championship game. The gates usually open one hour before the first game of every session. The Big East tournament is in New York City and runs from March 8-11 at Madison Square Garden.

What's the best way to get to the Big East Tournament?

You can get to the Garden via the Subway by getting off at 34th St-Penn Station on the A,C, E, 1, 2, 3 lines. The B, D F, M, N, Q, R line riders should get off at 34th St-Herald Sq Station.

What teams have won the Big East Tournament over the years?

The Big East has been one of college basketball's power conferences since the 1980's. But through its history, the makeup of the Big East has changed drastically, with former powers like Syracuse, Connecticut, and Louisville no longer in the conference. The Georgetown Hoyas have been a consistent presence in the Big East Tournament Final over the years, raking up the most wins of any current program. For a complete look at former Big East Tournament winners, visit our Big East Tournament Champions page.

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