ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Xcel Energy Center and the Big Ten announced Tuesday that All-Session Ticket Package Reservations for the inaugural 2014 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, to be held Thursday - Saturday, March 20 - 22, 2014, will go on sale at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, March 25.
The tournament will feature all six teams - Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin - in a single-elimination format. The tournament will consist of five games (two games on Thursday, March 20; two games on Friday, March 21; championship game on Saturday, March 22). All-Session Ticket Packages include one ticket to each of the five games of the tournament.
Thursday's quarterfinals will feature the No. 3 seed facing the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed battling the No. 5 seed. The top two seeds will open tournament play in the Friday semifinals, with the No. 1 seed against either the No. 4 or 5 seed and the No. 2 seed facing the No. 3 or 6 seed. The championship game will be played on Saturday.
Prices for All-Session Ticket Packages are:
$130 per package - Lower Level
$80 per package - Upper Level
$160 per package - RBC Wealth Management Club Level
Ticket package reservations can be placed at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone using Ticketmaster TDD/TTY, call 800-359-2525. An arena seating chart is located at www.xcelenergycenter.com/seating/hockey.jsp.
In June of 2011, the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors established men's ice hockey as an official conference sport beginning with the 2013-14 academic year, including the institution of the Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, with the winner earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship, and a 20-game conference schedule with each team playing the other five schools four times.
Release courtesy of Big Ten Conference