PROVIDENCE, R.I. – All-session tickets to the 2016 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship will be available to the general public on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. ET, the league announced on Wednesday.
“The American Athletic Conference is pleased to bring our championship to Orlando,” Commissioner Mike Aresco said. “Our fans will enjoy a great experience as they watch our outstanding student-athletes compete at the beautiful Amway Center.”
The championship will be played at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, March 10-13. Ten American Athletic Conference teams will compete for the league title. The teams that comprise the American Athletic Conference have a combined six NCAA titles, made 22 Final Four appearances, 67 Sweet Sixteen appearances and 175 NCAA tournament appearances.
“The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship is in line with some of the most exciting events our community has ever hosted,” said John Bisignano, President & CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “Our local organizing committee and partners are dedicated to providing a first-class experience for both hometown fans and the thousands of visitors this event will generate. We are honored to welcome some of the biggest brands and richest traditions in college basketball history for what is sure to be a memorable championship.”
The 2016 championship will begin with two first-round games Thursday, March 10. Two quarterfinal doubleheaders will be played Friday, March 11, followed by a semifinal doubleheader Saturday, March 12. The final will take place Sunday, March 13.
“We are already looking forward to the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship coming to Orlando this spring,” UCF Interim Athletics Director Brad Stricklin said. “Our staff has already put a good deal of time in working with the Central Florida Sports Commission, the American Athletic Conference and other partners to make this tournament a success. We’re very happy to help host an event that will showcase our community. We’re confident all the teams and fans that will be making their way to Central Florida in March will have a great visit.”
Ticket packages made available to the general public on Oct. 27 include lower-level and mid-bowl seating, premium leather seats and courtside seating. Packages cover all nine games of the championship, and are priced as low as $250. Tickets are available online at www.centralfloridasports.org/american, in person at the Amway Center box office, or by telephone at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available from The American’s member institutions through the schools’ athletics ticket offices.
Fans may visit www.TheAmerican.org/MBB for the latest information on the 2016 championship.
The Amway Center features a modern mix of metal and glass exterior materials and the spire serves as a beacon amid Orlando’s vibrant downtown. With an ultimate capacity of more than 20,000 seats, the building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design (LEED Gold Certification) and unmatched technology featuring 1,100 digital monitors and the largest high-definition scoreboard in an NBA venue. The Amway Center was named the 2012 Sports Facility of the Year by the Sports Business Journal.
2016 American Athletic Conference Championship
Amway Center ∙ Orlando, Fla.
Thursday, March 10 ∙ First Round
No. 9 seed vs. No. 8 seed 3:30 p.m.
No. 10 seed vs. No. 7 seed 6 p.m.
Friday, March 11 ∙ Quarterfinals
9/8 winner vs. No. 1 seed Noon
No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed 2 p.m.
10/7 winner vs. No. 2 seed 7 p.m.
No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 ∙ Semifinals
Quarterfinal winners 3 p.m.
Quarterfinal winners 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 ∙ Final
Semifinal winners 3:15 p.m.