Tickets Now Available for Thanksgiving College Basketball Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

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Grab your tickets for this years Thanksgiving College Basketball Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports

Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 ESPN Events Invitational taking place Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23-26 at Walt Disney World Resort.

The men’s college basketball tournament is set to showcase an array of exciting matchups. The action kicks off with four compelling games on Thanksgiving Day: Penn State goes head-to-head against Texas A&M, Florida Atlantic takes on Butler, Iowa State faces off against Virginia Commonwealth, and Boise State matches up against Virginia Tech. Notably, six of this year’s participating teams were also contenders in the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Notably, FAU made an unprecedented journey to the Final Four, marking a historic milestone for the school.

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This eight-team tournament is scheduled to take place during the Thanksgiving weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort. From Thursday, November 23 to Sunday, November 26, the State Farm Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla, will be the battleground for thrilling basketball action.

Among the participants, six teams were part of the 2023 NCAA Tournament: Florida Atlantic (reaching the Final Four), Penn State (advancing to the second round), as well as Boise State, Iowa State, Texas A&M, and VCU. Noteworthy, three schools in this lineup – Butler (2010 and 2011), Florida Atlantic (2023), and VCU (2011) – have made significant Final Four appearances since 2010.

In the 2023 ESPN Events Invitational, structured as a bracket-style tournament, a total of 12 games will unfold across three days. Each team is set to compete once daily, progressing through the bracket format. The ultimate clash is reserved for Sunday, November 26, where the two unbeaten teams will contend for the championship title.

This marks the 17th year of Walt Disney World’s hosting of the tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The games will be held once again at the esteemed State Farm Field House, a venue renowned for hosting top-tier basketball competitions, including NBA games and premier youth tournaments.

Tickets Now Available for Thanksgiving College Basketball Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

  • All-Tournament tickets are available at a $15 discount through Friday, August 11 using the promo code “MAGIC”
  • Single-Session tickets are available now for the Lower Center Court tier
  • Single-session tickets for all other tiers will go on sale October 2

Full event schedule and coverage information:


November 23, 24 and 26

State Farm Field House (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, near Orlando, Fla.)

DateTime (ET)Matchup/EventNetwork
Thu, Nov. 23NoonPenn State vs. Texas A&MESPN
2:30 p.m.Florida Atlantic vs. ButlerESPN2
5:30 p.m.Iowa State vs. VCUESPN2
8 p.m.Boise State vs. Virginia TechESPN2 or ESPNU
Fri, Nov. 2411 a.m.Semifinal #1ESPN2
1:30 p.m.Consolation Game #1ESPN+
5:30 p.m.Semifinal #2ESPN2
8 p.m.Consolation Game #2ESPNU
Sun, Nov. 2610:30 a.m.Seventh Place GameESPNU
1 p.m.Championship GameESPN
4 p.m.Fifth Place GameESPN2
6:30 p.m.Third Place GameESPN2

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