TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
2010 NCAA Tournament tickets now available
JU hosted the NCAA Tournament in 2006
JU hosted the NCAA Tournament in 2006
March Madness returns to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena next year and tickets are now on sale for the event to the general public.

In 2006, the Jacksonville regional was sold out as Florida and LSU used it as a launching pad to the Final Four, with the Gators winning the national title. Other notable schools in the Jacksonville regional included Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Syracuse.

The only way to order tickets for the Big Dance in 2010 is through Ticketmaster at www.ncaa.com/tickets. Fans will fill out an application and will find out on May 1 if they have received tickets, which are for all for all three sessions – encompassing six games. The cost for the tickets is $219, which won’t be billed until after confirmation on receiving tickets.

“We are excited to be hosting the NCAA Basketball Tournament once again in 2010,” said JU director of athletics and Tournament Director Alan Verlander. “The partnership between JU, the Arena and the JEDC enables us to bring this worldwide event back to our wonderful city. We encourage anyone interested in attending the event to fill out the application as soon as possible to insure their seat for the Big Dance.”

The NCAA Tournament’s arrival to Jacksonville also means a boost to the local economy. The total economic impact of the tournament in 2006 was more than $12 million.

“Anytime you can bring a major sporting event of this caliber to Jacksonville, it is a major plus for our community,” said Michael Bouda, chairman of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission’s Sports and Entertainment Board. “The city of Jacksonville will be on display for more than eight hours on national television while also bringing a large economic impact to our city. Events like this help in promoting Jacksonville and enables us to bring other sporting events to the city.”