The 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is a little over three weeks away, featuring a five day format for first time in conference history. The tournament will start on March 11 with the championship game held on March 15. The Big Ten Tournament will return to the United Center in Chicago for the ninth time, a venue that was sold out the last time the tournament was held in Chicago with more than 124,000 fans attending in 2013. All fourteen Big Ten teams will participate in this tournament with the crowned champion earning an automatic bid in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Big Ten Tournament tickets on the secondary market for all sessions will be steep, but fans looking to attend a certain session can certainly find more affordable prices on the secondary market. According to TicketIQ, Big Ten basketball tickets for the first three sessions will have tickets with an asking average price of under $200, with the most expensive of the three for Session 3 on March 12. The session currently has an average price of $155.60. The lower prices for the first three sessions has to do with the fact that none of the top four teams in the Big Ten conference will be playing. The top teams in the conference will receive first and second round byes and will begin playing in the Quarterfinals on March 13 when tickets for those sessions will increase significantly.
Hardcore fans of the Big Ten Tournament who don’t want to miss any of the action taking place at the United Center should opt to get the all sessions strip ticket, currently going for a secondary market average price of $868.68. That strip will include all games taking place, including the Championship game on March 15.
Once the tournament reaches the Quarterfinals stage, Big Ten Tournament basketball tickets will increase by 97%. Tickets for Session 4 on March 13 currently have an average price of $306.54 on the secondary market, with a get in price of $44. Session 5 tickets also featuring quarterfinal matchups will be slightly more expensive compared to Session 4 tickets, currently at a secondary market average price of $319.75 and a get-in price of $62.
The Semifinals take place the following day on March 14 as tickets for Session 6 will increase by 25% compared to Session 5. Session 6 tickets currently have a secondary market average price of $401.96, with the least expensive ticket to get in priced at $104.
On TicketIQ, fans looking to get into the championship game can get Session 7 tickets for March 15 at an affordable price on the secondary market. The current average price for Big Ten Championship game tickets is $254.12, with the least expensive ticket to get in priced at $44.