2015 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament
The 2015 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament will take place from March 11th-March 14th in the world’s most famous venue, Madison Square Garden. The Garden has hosted every men’s Big East basketball tournament since 1983. Providence (18-8, 8-5) is the reigning champ but they aren’t the front runner for this year’s tournament. Butler (19-7, 9-4) is currently the second seed, but the Villanova Wildcats (24-2, 11-2) are a universal favorite to win this year.
Madison Square Garden
The World’s Most Famous Arena is located in Manhattan on Seventh Avenue, which is between 31st and 33rd Streets. This venue has held numerous large events during its tenure, including the NBA All-Star game just this past weekend. Madison Square Garden is the home of many New York sports teams including the Knicks (NBA), Rangers (NHL), and Liberty (WNBA), just to name a few. Anyone who attends this event will see some great basketball, but also experience a truly captivating venue that is almost certain to make you want to come back after your visit. This is an arena that every individual needs to experience, at least once in their lifetime.
Madison Square Garden doesn’t offer any parking, leaving attendees to find parking on their own. However, when purchasing tickets for the event, a prepaid parking ticket could be included in your ticket package. If not, the streets of New York offer ample parking as well as various garages spread throughout New York City.
Nearby the Arena
If you are looking for places to eat before your event, the streets of New York City offer countless options for individuals to satisfy their hunger. If pizza is your cup of tea, then Stella 34 is the place for you. They offer the traditional wood-burning ovens to make their pizzas, something that goes over well with their customers. Meat and fish are also popular choice at Stella 34, which is located at 151 West 34th St., on the sixth floor of Macy’s.
If you are a steak connoisseur, make it a point to travel over to West 36th street and check out Keens. Albeit the menu is rather pricy, you can’t beat their steak or their famous “mutton” chop. Staghorn Steakhouse is another well-known steak place where you can get steaks anywhere from $12-15 cheaper than at Keens. Desmond’s is a classic style steakhouse that won’t let anyone leave hungry. They have some pricy options, but many entrees are enough to satisfy two people. They will also provide you with a voucher for six hours of free parking at a nearby garage after 5 p.m.
If you are traveling from a distance and need somewhere to stay, there are plenty of hotels for visitors. Some of the favorite hotels near The Garden are as follows; Eventi, Hotel Metro, Hilton Garden Inn, Langham Place, Refinery Hotel, Distrikt Hotel, Archer Hotel, and the Staybridge Suites are a few among the hundreds in New York City. Want an added bonus to the aforementioned hotels? Well, they are all located within one mile of Madison Square Garden.
Big East Tournament Game Schedule
|First Round—Wednesday, March 11|
|1||Seed #8 vs. Seed #9||7:00 pm|
|2||Seed #7 vs. Seed #10||9:30 pm|
|Quarterfinals—Thursday, March 12|
|3||Seed #1 vs. Winner of Game 1||12:00 pm|
|4||Seed #4 vs. Seed #5||2:30 pm|
|5||Seed #2 vs. Winner of Game 2||7:00 pm|
|6||Seed #3 vs. Seed #6||9:30 pm|
|Semifinals—Friday, March 13|
|7||Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4||7:00 pm|
|8||Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6||9:30 pm|
|Championship—Saturday, March 14|
|9||Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8||8:30 pm|
This tournament will certainly be competitive and will be a lot of fun to watch. Great basketball in a great arena will make for a fun four days and you would be crazy not to try to get tickets for this event. Madison Square Garden won’t disappoint and neither will the players on the court.