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Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament

One Bankers Life Ct., 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

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The 27th Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 4-8, 2020, with the city of Indianapolis playing host to the event for the 23rd time. All 14 conference schools will participate in the tournament, which tips off Wednesday, March 4, with first-round games between the No. 12 and 13 seeds, and the No. 11 and 14 seeds. The No. 5-10 seeds will begin tournament play with second-round games on Thursday, March 5, while the four highest-seeded teams following regular-season play will earn first- and second-round byes and make their tournament debuts in the quarterfinal round on Friday, March 6. The semifinals will take place Saturday, March 7, with the championship game slated for Sunday, March 8.

Special Days and Promotions:

  • March 4
    $4 Tickets On The 4th and Big Ten Basketball Bingo
    The Big Ten Conference will offer $4 tickets on March 4 for the opening session of the 2020 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. Spectators will have the chance to not only watch the first two games of the tournament, but also play some Big Ten Basketball Bingo and enjoy discounted food concession items at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. All spectators will receive a program, a bingo card and bingo marker/dauber upon entry to the arena, and the DJ will call bingo throughout the day.

  • March 5
    Pride Day
    The Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp will host Pride Day on Thursday, March 5, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community during both sessions of second-round games at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. Fans will receive a gameday koozie upon entry to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, while supplies last.

  • March 5
    Lunch & Layups

    During Session 2 on Thursday, March 5, and Session 4 on Friday, March 6, the Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp will invite downtown employees to take their lunch break in the seats of Bankers Life Fieldhouse with Lunch & Layups. The Downtown Indianapolis area features more than 155,000 daytime employees, three Fortune 500 companies, 143 tech companies and growing. The Big Ten and Indiana Sports Corp will celebrate these outstanding individuals and organizations during National Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, March 6, during the quarterfinal games at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.

  • March 6
    Field Trip Friday
    The Middle School Curriculum program is one that pairs local middle schools with Big Ten teams to promote Big Ten Women’s Basketball. Classrooms across Indianapolis will follow their respective Big Ten teams throughout the season, incorporating the team into their curriculum and corresponding with the institutions via e-mails and letters. The students participating in this program are then invited to attend the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal games on Friday.

  • March 6
    Lunch & Layups and National Employee Appreciation Day
    During Session 2 on Thursday, March 5, and Session 4 on Friday, March 6, the Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp will invite downtown employees to take their lunch break in the seats of Bankers Life Fieldhouse with Lunch & Layups. The Downtown Indianapolis area features more than 155,000 daytime employees, three Fortune 500 companies, 143 tech companies and growing. The Big Ten and Indiana Sports Corp will celebrate these outstanding individuals and organizations during National Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, March 6, during the quarterfinal games at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.

  • March 7
    Superhero Day – Not All Superheroes Wear Capes
    The Big Ten Conference will host a superhero-themed day in conjunction with Think Pink Day. Fans will receive a pink-branded cape upon entry to Bankers Life Fieldhouse (while supplies last) and will have a chance to create their own superhero mask in the Big Ten Fan Fun Zone. The Big Ten will also recognize cancer survivors, doctors, and all those who are the everyday superheroes in our lives.

  • March 7
    Youth Basketball Day
    Youth Basketball Day is a group sales opportunity where local youth basketball teams are invited to attend Saturday's semifinal games (Session 6) of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament at a discounted rate. Teams in attendance as part of Youth Basketball Day will be recognized throughout Saturday's games.

  • March 7
    The Big Ten Thinks Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Connection and Halftime Cancer Survivor Recognition Ceremony
    The Big Ten Conference will hold collections, as well as donate a portion of every ticket purchased for Saturday's Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament semifinal session, to the Pink Ribbon Connection in support of providing free supplies and services for breast cancer patients in Indiana. The Big Ten Conference will also honor breast cancer survivors during halftime of one of the semifinal games. In addition, spectators attending Saturday's semifinals are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

  • March 7
    Free Mammograms
    The Big Ten is proud to partner with Ascension St. Vincent to offer free mammograms on-site in the Big Ten Fan Fun Zone to all women who pre-register. The Big Ten is firmly dedicated to supporting services like free mammograms and working with the Indianapolis community to promote a healthy lifestyle, including preventative screenings for numerous types of cancers.

  • March 8
    First Responders Night
    In recognition of those brave individuals who help to serve and protect us on a daily basis, the Big Ten Conference is proud to host First Responders Night. All local first responders and military veterans are invited to attend Sunday's Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament championship game at a discounted ticket rate. Spectators will also receive a patriotic giveaway item upon entry to Bankers Life Fieldhouse (while supplies last).

  • March 8
    Disabled American Veterans Halftime Recognition Ceremony
    Along with First Responders Night, the Big Ten Conference will invite local members of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and their guests to attend Sunday's Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament championship game. At halftime, the group will be recognized and honored on court for their service and sacrifice.

In addition to the competition, make sure to enjoy:

  • March 4-8
    Big Ten Fan Fun Zone at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. To promote a fun and engaging experience for fans attending the tournament, the 2020 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will feature a new, fan-friendly area located on the event level at the north end of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Free of charge for those attending the tournament, the Big Ten Fan Fun Zone will include a DJ, a poster making station, games, and more. The Big Ten Fan Fun Zone will be open to fans of all ages during pregame and halftime only.

  • March 4-8
    Big Ten STEM Junior Reporter Program. For the third consecutive year, the Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp are partnering with Codelicious, an Indianapolis-based computer science curriculum program that focuses on coding and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The Codelicious Confidence Builders Series selects three local elementary or middle school students who are interested in studying STEM to conduct interviews with Big Ten women’s basketball students who are STEM majors. The goal of the program is to help create experiences for young students to display their confidence in achieving personal goals. The interviews are produced and made into videos that are posted on the Codelicious website. Registration Required.

  • March 6
    Middle School Curriculum Program. The Middle School Curriculum program is one that pairs Indianapolis-area middle schools with Big Ten teams to promote Big Ten Women’s Basketball. Classrooms across Indianapolis will follow their respective Big Ten teams throughout the season, incorporating the team into their curriculum and corresponding with the students and coaches at these institutions via e-mails and letters. The middle school students will also be invited to attend Friday's quarterfinal games at the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament.

  • March 6
    Inspiring Women's Panel: Resilience at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Marking the second year of this unique event, the Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp will host a panel discussion featuring a group of inspiring female leaders, including former Purdue All-America women's basketball student Katie Douglas and current Indiana Fever forward/two-time Olympian Natalie Achonwa, coming together to share their professional journeys, successes and challenges faced. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with various female-focused organizations and receive information on how they can continue to be a part of the conversation even after the event is over. The event ticket will include lunch and admission to Friday afternoon's quarterfinals (Session 4) at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. Ticketed Event.

  • March 7
    Big Ten Zen at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Ticketed Event.

  • March 7
    Big Ten Junior Journalism Program and Workshop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In its second year, the Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp will select 14 students to participate in the Big Ten Junior Journalism Program and Workshop to see what it is really like to be a sports journalist. Once selected, students will be paired with one Big Ten school and be tasked with writing an article featuring the assigned University’s women’s basketball team. Each student will also have the opportunity to attend a journalism workshop on "Semifinal Saturday" at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. The Workshop will include a panel discussion with professional media members, a behind-the-scenes tour of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Big Ten Network television compound, a Q&A session with BTN broadcasters and producers, a press credential to attend Saturday's semifinal games and the chance to attend the postgame press conferences and ask questions of the participating Big Ten coaches and students. Registration Required.

  • March 8
    Sports Officials Symposium at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Big Ten Conference, in partnership with the Horizon League and Indiana Sports Corp, will host the first Sports Officials Symposium, which aims to address the shortage of officials in all sports at the grade school and high school levels. This event is open to all those who currently have connections to youth and high school athletics, as well as aspiring and entry level officials, fans and parents. Among the featured topics will be the recruitment and treatment of officials, earnings potential and opportunities for career advancement. Registration required.

  • March 8
    Girls Basketball Clinic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp will host a free girls’ basketball clinic on Championship Sunday for 100 students in grades 1-8. The clinic will take place on both the practice court and main court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and participants will receive a clinic t-shirt, a complimentary ticket to Sunday’s Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament championship game, an opportunity to welcome the two teams as they enter the facility, and a coupon for a free snack and drink at the concession stand. Registration Required.

  • March 8
    Championship Pep Rally at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp will host a Championship Game Pep Rally for the two institutions that advance to Sunday's Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament championship game. The pep rally is free of charge to fans of all ages and will be held in the Entry Pavilion of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It will include a "battle of the bands", as well as performances by the participating schools' cheer teams and mascots.

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Restaurant Pairings:
It's tradition that each member school in the Big Ten Conference be paired with a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. These restaurants are gathering spots for alumni and fans to convene and cheer on their teams throughout the tournaments.

Maryland: Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Ohio State: Champps
Penn State: Harry & Izzy's
Iowa: Punch Bowl Social
Indiana University: Kilroy's Bar & Grill
Michigan: O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Restaurant
Illinois: Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Purdue: The District Tap
Michigan State: Slippery Noodle Inn and Ellison Brewery and Spirits
Nebraska: High Velocity
Wisconsin: Burger Study
Rutgers: Morton's The Steakhouse
Northwestern: Taxman CityWay
Minnesota: Prime 47

Tickets: $8 and up.




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