The Pacific 12 Men's Basketball Championship dates all the way back to 1923, when the league was known as the Pacific Coast Conference. Instead of a full-fledged tournament, the league's top two finishers faced off for a bid to compete for the national title. This format was scrapped in 1955, and the conference followed the lead of other successful leagues that determined their NCAA Tournament representative based on their regular-season record. In 1987, the Pac-10 (as it was known until 2012 when the league expanded to 12 teams) finally gave into pressure from fans and many of their own athletic programs to begin a tournament to determine the conference winner and the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
The Pac-12 announced in 2012 that they would be moving the postseason tournament from the Staples Center to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 2013 season and beyond. The change of scenery will put additional fans in the seats and a bit of extra energy into one of the biggest tournaments on the NCAA calendar.
Fans attending the Pac-12 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 Pac 12 Basketball Tournament tickets.
2016 Pac 12 Basketball Tournament Preview
The 2016 Pac 12 Basketball Tournament is set to return to MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 9-12th. The Pac 12 has had a fantastic season in 2016, With Arizona, Oregon, and Utah entering the tournament ranked in the top 25 in the nation. The Wildcats will likely be the favorites to bring home the 2016 Pac 12 Tournament title, having dominated the 2nd half of their Pac 12 schedule. But don’t count out very tough Oregon and Utah teams, as well as outside contenders USC and California. While the top 5 teams in the conference look to be the major legitimate contenders to bring home the crown, the Pac 12 Tournament is known for its unpredictability and anything and everything could happen.
Check out our Pac 12 Basketball Tournament Preview History page for previews of previous Pac 12 Basketball Tournaments.
Pac 12 Basketball Tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena Address: 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is held at the MGM Grand – Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It pits every team in the Pac-12 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 #12, with the top four seeds getting first-round byes.
There are four courtside sections along the sidelines, each lettered either A, B, C, D. These are the best seats in the house.
Sections 1 through 24. There are two levels in this, only separated by a small walkway. Sections 12 and 13 are at midcourt. The sections are all even on one side while all odd numbered on the other, so you could be in section 10 but be right next to section 12. Sections 1 and 24 are directly behind the baskets.
There are 17 sections of middle level seating between the lower and upper levels, including 5 sections along each sideline. Sections 112 and 113 are at midcourt and give you some of the best views of the entire court.
Getting tickets in this level is the most cost-efficient way to see the Pac-12 tournament. They are similar to the upper level of most basketball arenas.
Both early games on Wednesday. #8 vs. #9 and #5 vs. #12.
Both later games on Wednesday, #7 vs. #10 and #6 vs. #11.
Second round, two early games on Thursday. It's the first games for #1 and #4 seeds.
Second round, two later games on Thursday. It's the first games for #2 and #3 seeds.
Both matchups in the semifinals on Friday.
Admission to the Pac-12 Championship Game. It is the only session that is only one game.
Pac 12 Basketball Tournament Event Guide
What is the best time to buy tickets for the Pac-12 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!
Where should I stay if I want to be near to the MGM Grand Garden Arena?
Of course you could always stay at the MGM Grand to make it really easy, but since it’s on the Las Vegas strip, there are many options.
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). New York, New York is right across the street, while the Monte Carlo and Excalibur are also very close. If you’re looking for a cheap alternative, the Travelodge Ambassador Strip on Koval Lane is nearby.
What teams have won the Pac 12 Tournament over the years?
For much of the history of the Pac 12 Tournament, traditional powers UCLA and Arizona have dominated the competition. However, in recent years, rising programs like Oregon and Washington have found success and brought home multiple Pac 12 Tournament titles. For a complete look at former Pac 12 Tournament Champions, visit our Pac 12 Tournament Champions page.