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Big Ten Announces Limited Fan Capacity for Big Ten Tournament

The crowd will be limited to 8,000 fans.

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Tournament
Indy just does it right.
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Those people in the Indianapolis area who have been holding their breath hoping for a chance to see their Boilermakers in person this season can now exhale. The Big Ten Conference announced today that the upcoming conference tournaments (men and women) will allow for a limited number of fans to be in attendance.

As a reminder the conference tournament was moved to Indianapolis from Chicago due to concerns with the Covid-19 pandemic. With the late move to Indianapolis the tournament’s normal home of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse was not available. However, for big (B1G?) events Indianapolis is nothing if not adaptable so they have decided to hold the conference tournament in Lucas Oil Stadium. Given the much larger seating capacity of Lucas Oil it will allow for up to 8,000 fans to be in attendance during the tournament.

The conference has said that tickets will be sold through each school’s ticket office and it will include a discounted student ticket program. At this point I would imagine it will be up to each school to determine how to allocate and distribute these tickets. With only 8,000 tickets available and 14 schools in the conference that equals out to about 571 tickets per school. Incredibly low. It seems likely that the tickets will be allocated equally at first with schools having the option of returning any unsold tickets as this has been the process in the past.

Ticket prices were announced as well but only for All-session tickets which very well may be all that becomes available.

  • $210 for 500/600 level seats
  • $290 for 300/400 level seats
  • $400 for 100/200 level seats

More information on tickets will come from Purdue Athletics in the coming days one would assume. With the tournament starting in less than a week these schools will have to get on selling these things right away. If you’re interested in buying yourself a ticket I would pay close attention to the Purdue Sports twitter account and website.

To read the entire release from the Big Ten Conference follow the link.