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MGM Grand Main Event Tickets
Event: MGM Grand Main Event
Sport: NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venues: T-Mobile Arena and Ed Clark High School
MGM Grand Main Event TicketsThe MGM Grand Main Event is a Division I men's college basketball early season tournament that takes place during Thanksgiving week. Sponsored by the MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the competition brings together teams from across the Division I basketball landscape that might not otherwise face each other. The results of the games count toward the teams' regular-season standings. The inaugural tournament took place in 2014 at the 16,000-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena, located within the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In 2017, the event switched to the newly built T-Mobile Arena, located on the Las Vegas Strip. If you want to attend a live game, you can purchase MGM Grand Main Event tickets at StubHub, the leading source for tickets to live concerts and sporting events.
What is the format of the MGM Grand Main Event?The MGM Grand Main Event schedule is divided up into a heavyweight bracket and a middleweight bracket. The heavyweight bracket consists of teams from major power or mid-major conferences while the middleweight bracket consists of teams from smaller conferences. The heavyweight bracket consists of an actual tournament in which the winners of the opening games advance to the finals while the losers play in a consolation game. The teams thus have a clear ranking from first to fourth at the end of the tournament. The middleweight bracket, on the other hand, has traditionally alternated between a tournament style and a round-robin format in which one team is guaranteed to play the other two. Each team in both brackets will play exactly two games regardless of whether the teams win or lose the first game.
Which teams are participating in the 2019 MGM Grand Main Event?The 2019 MGM Grand Main Event takes place between Nov. 24th and 26th. In the heavyweight bracket, Pac-12 team Colorado matches up against Mountain West foe Wyoming while TCU from the Big 12 plays ACC opponent Clemson. Both games take place on Nov. 24 while the championship and consolation games take place on Nov. 26. In the middleweight bracket, there are three straight round-robin games on consecutive days: Detroit Mercy versus UC Irvine, Louisiana versus Detroit Mercy and UC Irvine versus Louisiana.
How big is T-Mobile Arena?T-Mobile Arena, which is the official home of the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL, is a large arena that seats up to 18,000 people for basketball games. The arena features ADA accessibility on all levels, dining areas, lounges and plenty of premium suites and boxes. Some of the concessions and restaurants include Shake Shack, Pizza Forte, Latin Fusion Grill and a Budweiser Fan Zone.
What is the MGM Grand Main Event like?If you are attending a game in the heavyweight bracket, then you can expect a slightly different experience from a normal college basketball game. The amenities, game atmosphere and overall quality of the venue are more in line with a professional event at a neutral site. However, there is still plenty of collegiate atmosphere as the schools may bring their bands and spirit sections to cheer on their teams. If you are attending a game in the middleweight bracket, then be prepared for a much smaller but more intimate setting with limited amenities.
What were the results of the MGM Grand Main Event from previous seasons?Arizona State claimed the championship of the 2018 MGM Grand Main Event heavyweight bracket with an 87-82 victory over Utah State in the title game. Mississippi State beat Saint Mary’s 61-57 in the consolation game to earn a third-place finish. Meanwhile, Utah Valley was the champion of the 2018 middleweight bracket tournament. Past winners of the heavyweight bracket include UNLV in 2017, Valparaiso in 2016, Creighton in 2015 and Oklahoma State in 2014.
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