The Big Ten Basketball Tournament is Headed to Minnesota
The Big Ten Basketball Tournament is headed to Minnesota.
The Target Center will be host to both the women's and men's conference tournaments in the coming years. The Big Ten Conference made the announcement Wednesday morning.
The 2023 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament – as well as the 2024 Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments – will be held at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The Target Center was sold-out for the Women's Final Four this past season and will be looking to do the same when the women's conference tournament hits the floor in 2023 and 2024, along with the men's conference tournament in 2024.
First Time Since 2015 The Women's Tournament Won't Be In Indianapolis
The 2023 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will mark the first time that the event has been held outside of Indianapolis since 2015, when the tournament took place in Hoffman Estates, Ill., outside Chicago.
Eight different Big Ten teams have claimed the tournament title including Iowa, which won its fourth crown in 2022. More than 860,000 fans have attended the women’s tournament since 1995.
Minneapolis Will Be The 5th City To Host Men's Tournament Since 1998
The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament has been held in four different cities over the past six seasons, including Washington, D.C. (2017), New York City (2018), Chicago (2019), and Indianapolis (2020-22). The 2024 tournament will mark the fifth different city to host the event since the inaugural tournament in 1998.
Seven Big Ten programs have won the tournament since its debut in 1998, including Iowa claiming its third title in 2022. More than 2.3 million fans have attended the event throughout its history. The 2023 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the United Center in Chicago.
“We are proud to carry the tradition of Big Ten men’s and women’s basketball excellence to Minneapolis,” said Minnesota Sports and Events CEO Wendy Blackshaw said in a news release from the Big Ten Conference. “After this year's sold-out NCAA Women’s Final Four, hosting the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2023, and the Big Ten men’s and women’s tournaments in 2024 will continue to fuel Minnesota’s reputation as a true basketball state. With our terrific partners, especially Target Center and its state-of-the-art venue, we can't wait to welcome more basketball fans to our great state."
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