2012 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship Tickets on Sale Thursday, Dec. 1

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
All-session tickets for the 2012 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. ET via all Ticketmaster outlets. The Championship, returning to Hartford, Conn., for the ninth-straight year, will be played at the XL Center March 2-6, 2012.
 
All 16 BIG EAST teams are invited to battle for the conference's automatic NCAA tournament bid. Package tickets to all 15 games of the championship will remain priced at $99.00 each, discounted by nearly one half of the face value. Ticket offices at all 16 BIG EAST institutions have had all-session packages on sale for several weeks.  
 
To order tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. In addition, tickets can be purchased online by logging on to the XL Center website at www.xlcenter.com or the Ticketmaster website at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets.
 
Tickets can also be purchased at the XL Center Ticket Office beginning Dec. 1. Weekday ticket office hours are noon-5 p.m. For weekend events, the ticket office will open four hours prior to the start of an event. All ticket purchases are subject to additional convenience fees.
 
For group sales (10 or more) information and discounts, please contact the XL Center at (860) 548-2000.
 
The City of Hartford has embraced the annual event, resulting in unparalleled success for the Conference, which leads all leagues nationally in average attendance. The Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau and its members are hard at work to offer fans special rates and discounts on hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. For more information, please visit www.bigeast.org.  
 
The 2011 BIG EAST Championship brought plenty of excitement to the XL Center. The final game featured a match-up that was a preview of an NCAA semifinal. Top-ranked Connecticut held off No. 3 seed Notre Dame to win the 2011 crown. It was Connecticut's 16th title, including its sixth in the last seven years. It was Notre Dame's fifth trip to the championship game. Both teams advanced to the 2011 NCAA Final Four, where Notre Dame defeated the Huskies and advanced to the NCAA title game.
 
For the third straight year, fans can watch both the first and second rounds of the Conference championship live on BIGEAST.tv, the league's online home for live and on-demand streaming audio and video. The second-round games on March 3 will be aired as part of the BIG EAST Network, which is broadcast via regional sports networks in BIG EAST markets. SportsNet New York (SNY) is the flagship station for the BIG EAST Game of the Week during the regular season and will also carry all four second-round tournament games as well. The quarterfinals on March 4 and semifinals on March 5 will be shown live on ESPNU, while the championship game, on March 6, will appear on ESPN as the only women's conference championship game on the network's primary platform.
 
The BIG EAST is the largest and most diverse Division I conference in the country. It was formed in 1979 and represents the athletic interests of 16 member institutions including the University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, DePaul University, Georgetown University, University of Louisville, Marquette University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, Providence College, Rutgers University, St. John's University, Seton Hall University, University of South Florida, Syracuse University, Villanova University and West Virginia University. The BIG EAST Conference has captured 32 national championships in six different sports and is a founding member of the Bowl Championship Series. For more information on the Conference and its membership, please visit www.bigeast.org.
 
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