By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - All-Tournament tickets to the 76th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship are available for purchase on-line at www.NAIAHoops.com or through the Municipal Auditorium Box Office. Fans may buy tickets in-person at the box office, which is located at 301 W. 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105. Tickets available now are all-tournament reserved and all-tournament general admission tickets. Prices are $100 for all-tournament reserved seating and $75 for all-tournament general admission seating. The historic event gets underway at Municipal Auditorium March 13 with the first of 31 games tipping at 9 a.m. (CST).
In addition to all-tournament tickets available, there are all-tournament VIP passes and voucher books for sale. For more information on these items, visit www.NAIAhoops.com or contact the NAIA National Office at 816-595-8141.
Single-session tickets will be available at the Municipal Auditorium Box Office starting March 1. A session is defined as blocks of four games in the first four days, before switching to two games on semifinal night (March 18) and one for the national championship March 19. In all, there will be nine sessions available for sale March 1.
The NAIA, title sponsor Buffalo Funds and the Heart of America Athletic Conference are excited to offer a family friendly atmosphere that includes non-stop basketball action, Champions of Character events and various promotions throughout the championship. For promotions information, including Scout Night, DST Youth Day and Service Night, go to www.NAIAhoops.com.
"We are excited about our new in-game promotions that we think will create the best atmosphere for players and fans," said Chris Muehlbach, NAIA Tournament Director. "We invite everyone out to Municipal Auditorium to experience some of the country's best college basketball."
The NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship, which is the longest continuous national collegiate tournament in any sport, is a 32-team single elimination format and draws approximately 40,000 fans to the Kansas City area each year. The 32-team bracket will be officially announced on www.NAIAhoops.com March 6.
2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championships Schedule (all times CST)
Tuesday, March 12
NAIA Tip-off Banquet - located in the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center ($40 per person)
Wednesday, March 13 - First Round
Session 1: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Session 2: 5:15 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 - First Round
Session 3: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Session 4: 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Friday, March 15 - Second Round (Scout Night - all Boy and Girl Scouts receive discounted tickets)
Session 5: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Session 6: 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 - Quarterfinals (DST Youth Day - all kids ages 12 and under wearing a jersey top receive free entry)
Session 7: 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 17
NO GAMES Played
Monday, March 18 - Semifinals - (Service Night - all military and first responders wearing uniform or with valid ID get in free)
Session 8: 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19 - Championship Game - Televised nationally live on CBS Sports Network
Session 9: 7:30 p.m.