BIG EAST Announces Advance Sellout of 2011 Men's Basketball Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Commissioner John Marinatto has announced that, for the sixth consecutive year, all tickets to the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden have been sold in advance. All ticket packages for the 2011 Championship have been purchased by the 16 member institutions, negating the need for a public sale at Madison Square Garden.

The 2011 Championship will take place March 8-12 and will once again include all 16 BIG EAST teams. It will be the 32nd edition of the BIG EAST Championship and it will be the 29th tournament held in Madison Square Garden, making it the longest-running Division I men's basketball championship at one venue. The total attendance of the tournament surpassed the 3 million mark in 2009.

This year's championship figures to one of the BIG EAST's most compelling tournaments. The BIG EAST has seven teams ranked in the top 25 of this week's national polls and has had as many as nine teams crack the top 25 during the course of the season.

With no public sale, fans who wish to repurchase tickets from other fans to the 2011 BIG EAST Championship may visit StubHub, the official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace of the BIG EAST Conference. The StubHub platform allows fans the opportunity to purchase and sell unused tickets in a safe, reliable environment.