College basketball fans can secure their NIT tickets at TicketSmarter! The National Invitation Tournament is one of the premier NCAA Division I men’s college basketball tournaments in the nation. The inaugural tournament was held in 1938, predating the NCAA March Madness tournament by one year. The NIT was originally considered to be the premier national championship tournament and showcase for men’s college basketball. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament surpassed the NIT in the 1970s as the NCAA began including more teams in their tournament.
In the modern era, the National Invitation Tournament features 32 teams that are not selected for the March Madness tournament. Although these teams are not playing in the NCAA tournament, fans can expect highly-competitive matchups between evenly matched teams throughout the whole tournament. Some teams such as the UConn Huskies have used the NIT as a launching point to develop their team for success in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Teams that have recently won the NIT include the Texas Longhorns, Penn State Nittany Lions and TCU Horned Frogs. St. John’s Red Storm has been the most successful team in the history of the tournament with five wins. Buy your NIT tickets at TicketSmarter, the official ticket resale marketplace of ESPN Events!
NIT Ticket Prices
National Invitation Tournament tickets are in high demand with 32 teams and multiple rounds of games played at regional sites throughout the United States. NIT ticket prices vary based on which teams are playing in the tournament, the round of the tournament, the host venues and seating locations inside the arena.
How much are NIT tickets?
The ticket prices for each round of the National Invitation Tournament are going to change based on the teams that are advancing. Typically tickets will become more expensive as the tournament draws closer to the championship round. Championship round NIT tickets at Madison Square Garden will usually start in the $35 to $45 range. The average price for tickets will generally be in the $90 to $100 range.
NIT Dates & Schedule
The NIT schedule features tournament matchups beginning with the first round in March and finishing with the championship round at Madison Square Garden in April. The 32 teams are seeded into four separate brackets where they will play first round and second round games at arenas on the participating teams’ campuses. The quarterfinal matchups will take place at the home arena of the higher seed.
The winners of the quarterfinals will then go to New York City to play in the semifinals. The semifinals will be used to determine the two teams that will compete in the championship round. Madison Square Garden at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001 will be the host of the two final rounds of the tournament.
When do NIT tickets go on sale?
The bracket for the NIT will be set in March with tickets for every first round game going on sale within a few days of the bracket announcement. National Invitation Tournament tickets for the next rounds will go on sale once the teams have advanced. As the official ticket resale partner of ESPN Events, fans will be able to buy tickets for the semifinals and championship round held at Madison Square Garden from TicketSmarter. The full allotment of tickets for the final two rounds will be available once each team has clinched a next round berth.
NIT Seating Chart
The early rounds of the National Invitation Tournament are held at the home arenas of higher seeded teams. NCAA Division I basketball arenas come in a variety of sizes with some holding just a few thousand fans, while others can hold over 20,000 fans. The semifinals and championship rounds of the NIT will be held at Madison Square Garden, which has a seating capacity of 19,812.
The NIT seating chart at MSG utilizes the entire arena. The majority of the upper levels are general admission, allowing fans to spread out and pick out their preferred viewing area. The 200 level has reserved seating in the lower rows in sections running parallel with the sidelines. The lower bowl surrounds the arena floor with terrific views of the action on court. For fans wanting to get up close to the action, floor seating sections on risers are available along the sidelines and baselines of the court.
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