The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship will begin with three first-round games on Thursday, March 9. Two quarterfinal doubleheaders will be played Friday, March 10, followed by a semifinal doubleheader Saturday, March 11. The final will take place Sunday, March 12. Tickets can be purchased by the session (using the links below) or for the entire championship.
Round 1 – Thursday, March 9
Game 1: No. 8 Temple vs. No. 9 East Carolina
Game 2: No. 10 Tulane vs. No. 7 Tulsa
Game 3: No. 6 UConn vs. No. 11 USF
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 10
Game 4: No. 1 SMU vs Game 1 Winner
Game 5: No. 4. UCF vs. No. 5 Memphis
Game 6: No. 2 Cincinnati vs. Game 2 Winner
Game 7: No. 3 Houston vs. Game 3 Winner
Semi-Finals – Saturday, March 11
Game 8: Semifinals – 3:00 pm
Game 9: Semifinals – 5:00 pm
Finals – Sunday, March, 12
Game 10: Championship – 3:15 pm
Basketball Fan Fest, XL Center Exhibition Hall
Thursday, March 9, 2:30 – 8:00 pm
Friday, March 10, 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday, March 11, Noon – 5 pm
Sunday, March 12, Noon – 3 pm
Fan Fest activities are free and open to the public. Highlights include an exhibition from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a Half Court Challenge where you can test your basketball skills against fellow fans, games and giveaways courtesy of Frontier Communications, a Man Cave & Game Room lounge area, a Beer Garden with a full-size trailer bar, and more. Enjoy delicious local cuisine courtesy of Bears BBQ and Toasted Food Trucks.
Additional information about the tournament and a downloadable fan guide is available on the XL Center‘s website.
*10% discount does not include alcohol, tax, or gratuity. Offer not valid on Parade Day, Saturday, March 11.
Looking for parking? Hartford.com has you covered. View our map of parking locations in downtown Hartford.
Certain lots and garages in Hartford will be designated as $6 lots. Present your ticket stub, credential, or wear your favorite university’s gear to receive the discounted rate.
Need a ride around town? Look no further than CT Transit’s downtown shuttle. Rides on the dash are free; operating hours are as follows:
- Thursday: 7am to midnight
- Friday: 7 am to midnight
- Saturday: 7 am to midnight
- Sunday: 7 am to 7 pm
There also happens to be a pretty large and awesome parade happening on Saturday morning. Check out the St. Patrick’s Day route map, which also tells you which streets will be closed and when.