Wednesday, March 19, 2008

March Madness comes to Ford Field

In just 8 days, March Madness hits Ford Field in downtown Detroit!

Beginning Friday, March 28, four of the 16 remaining NCAA teams will compete for a chance to win the Regional Competition - and you have a chance to be there when it happens. The schools selected to the Midwest Region in seed order are: Kansas University, Georgetown, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Clemson, USC, Gonzaga, UNLV, Kent State, Davidson, Kansas State, Villanova, Siena, Cal State at Fullerton, University of Maryland Baltimore College (UMBC) and Portland State.

If you live in or near Detroit, you have it easy: just purchase your tickets and head to Ford Field for the games. It isn't hard for non-Michiganders to root for their teams, either; students from 11 of the 16 schools playing in the Regional are within a 13-hour drive of Detroit. Wisconsin, Georgetown, and UMBC are an 8 hour drive away, and Kent State fans can reach the area in a short three hour trip.

Although the Midwest regional at Ford Field has already established an attendance record by selling 50,000 tickets, you can still get tickets to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games in Detroit.

Available online or by calling Ticketmaster at 248.645.6666, tickets -- which cost $45, $75, $100 and $150 -- include admission to two Friday games and one Sunday game. Fans also have the opportunity to see the Regional teams in action during open practices on Thursday, March 27 from 12–4pm at Ford Field.

Home of the Detroit Lions, Ford Field is a state-of-the-art sport and entertainment venue. Since opening in 2002, it has hosted over 4,000 events and welcomed over 5 million fans. In addition to the NCAA Midwest Regional this year, Ford Field will play host to the 2009 Men’s Final Four Tournament and the 2010 Men’s Hockey Frozen Four Tournament. Please visit Ford Field on the Web for more information.

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