MAC 2000 All-Session Ticket Packages On Sale

Updated 11/26/1999
First Energy Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Championship Will Be Held At Gund Arena March 5, 6 and 8

CLEVELAND, OHIO -- All-session ticket packages for the First Energy Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Championship at Gund Arena will go on sale this Friday, November 26, 1999 at 9 a.m. The all-session packages include tickets to the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship games, which will be held at Gund Arena. The winner of the MAC 2000 Championship earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Tournament.

The Mid-American Conference sent three men's teams to post-season play last season, led by Miami University's appearance in the NCAA Tournament's "Sweet 16." Kent State University also earned an appearance in the NCAA Field of 64 while Toledo played in the 32-team National Invitation Tournament (NIT) field.

The first round of the MAC Championship will be held on campus sites, on Wednesday, March 1, with the top three seeds earning a bye in the opening round. The five winning teams will then join the top three seeds at Gund Arena for the remainder of the tournament, which is divided into four sessions, as follows:

Session  Day/Date              Time       Pairing
   I     Sunday, March 5       Noon       No. 1 vs. 8/9 winner 
         Sunday, March 5       2 p.m.     4/13 winner vs. 5/12 winner 

  II     Sunday, March 5       7 p.m.     No. 2 vs. 7/10 winner 
         Sunday, March 5       9 p.m.     No. 3 vs. 6/11 winner 

 III     Monday, March 6       7 p.m.     1-8/9 winner vs. 4/13-5/12 winner 
         Monday, March 6       9 p.m.     2-7/10 winner vs. 3-6/11 winner 

 IV      Wednesday, March 8    7:30 p.m.  Championship 

All-session packages are offered at $84, $67.50, $45, which includes all four sessions for the price of three. VIP seating and ticket packages are also available. All-session packages for the MAC 2000 Championship can be purchased by calling the Gund Arena ticket sales department at (216) 420-2287. Individual session tickets will go on sale on Monday, January 31, at all TicketMaster locations. All single session tickets for the MAC 2000 Championship are located in the lower bowl of Gund Arena and are priced at $28, $22.50, and $15.

"This is an exciting step for the Mid-American Conference, and we are thrilled to bring fierce rivalries and outstanding basketball to one of the finest venues in the country," offered MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst. "We hope this event really connects not only with our many alumni in Northeast Ohio, but also with families and college basketball fans of all ages."

School sections also have been reserved for only those sessions in which an institution is participating. Fans interested in sitting in a certain school section may purchase tickets directly through the school's athletic ticket office.