Tournament returns to Times Union Center in Albany, NY, March 2-6

ALBANY, NY; – Individual session passes to the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will go on sale beginning Monday, February 6.

The MAAC Basketball Championships, featuring men’s and women’s teams from Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, St. Peter’s University, and Siena College, will return to Times Union Center in Albany, NY, on March 2-6.

“We look forward to returning to Albany for what we expect to be one of the most competitive tournaments in recent years,” said MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor. “Both the defending men’s and women’s regular season champions and tournament champions are playing extremely well while we have seen tremendous competitive balance in our conference throughout the regular season. We invite all fans of college basketball to join us in Albany for the 2017 MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.”

Individual session passes grant pass holders access to one of 10 sessions during the tournament, including the men’s and women’s championships, which are designated as individual sessions.

Individual session passes for men’s basketball are $18.50, $25, $37.50 and $50. Individual session passes for women’s basketball are $18.50, $25, and $30. There are also $8 student individual session passes for men’s and women’s games.

Flex ticket packages to the MAAC Basketball Championships are also currently available. Flex ticket packages include four tickets redeemable for any open seat during any session of the MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, including both championship games. The tickets may be utilized for four seats to one session, one seat for four sessions, or any ensuing combination to enable fans to tailor the tournament experience to meet their needs.

Two sets of flex ticket packages, each comprised of four tickets, are available for this year’s tournament. The first package provides access to any open seat during any session and is $150. The second package provides access to any open seat in the lower level corners and end zones and is $100.

Additionally, all-session passes are available for fans seeking admission to additional games in the MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. All-session passes, which grant access to all 20 games of the men’s and women’s tournament, are $97, $122, $167 and $227.

Individual session passes, flex ticket packages and all-session passes are available at the arena box office, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.timesunioncenter-albany.com.

Fans are also invited to celebrate the return of the MAAC Championships to downtown Albany at the second annual Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest on Friday, March 3 at the Albany Capital Center from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The popular fan festival will serve as the inaugural event at the much-anticipated Albany Capital Center, the new state-of-the-art convention center.

During the pre-game event, fans will have the opportunity to sample gourmet mac-n-cheese dishes from numerous Albany-area restaurants; as well as multiple varietals of craft beer from New York breweries.

This year’s festivities will feature the Air Elite Dunkers, the official dunk team for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors. The high-flying entertainers will showcase their aerobatic skills in a pair of 20-minute performances during the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest at the Albany Capital Center. The Air Elite Dunkers are presented by Pioneer Bank.  Other entertainment will include performances by MAAC school pep bands; basketball-themed inflatables; face painting; a balloon artist; and music.

Tickets for the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest are currently available online at www.albany.org for $8. Tickets entitle guests to 10 tastings of any combination of mac-n-cheese or craft beer.

For a complete tournament schedule, visit www.maacsports.com.

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