The Ivy League Tournament is on the move.
The Ivy League announced Thursday that after being held the past two seasons at the Palestra on Penn’s campus, the 2019 Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be held at Yale’s John J. Lee Amphitheater, Payne Whitney Gym on Sat., Mar. 16 and Sun., Mar. 17.
Saturday will feature two men’s semifinals at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and two women’s semifinals at 6 p.m. and approximately 30 minutes after the first women’s semifinal. The men’s championship is set for 12 p.m., Sunday with the women’s championship game to start at 4 p.m.
All six tournament matchups will be featured on ESPN networks.
The Ivy League noted that the site for the 2020 Ivy League Basketball Tournaments will be determined at a later date as the League continues to explore various options.
2019 Ivy Madness schedule
Saturday, March 16
Game 1: Men’s No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed – 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 2: Men’s No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed – 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 3: Women’s No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed – 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 4: Women’s No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed – approximately 30 minutes after conclusion of game 3 (ESPN3)
Sunday, March 17
Game 5: Men’s Final: Winner of game 1 vs. Winner of game 2 – 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 6: Women’s Final: Winner of game 3 vs. Winner of game 4 – 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
The league argued that its tournament format has added to the importance of the regular season, noting that last season, the four women’s seeds were determined on the final evening of the regular season and seven of the eight teams had a shot at nabbing a tourney berth.
Yale lists 2,800 seats with 1,500 permanent and 1,300 in pull-out bleachers for John J. Lee Amphitheater, nearly 6,000 fewer seats than the Palestra’s capacity of 8,722.
This season, the combined attendance for the four semifinal games last season was 5,219, with the combined attendance for the two title games totaling 5,564, Philly.com reported, adding that the Saturday attendance was 5,025 and the Sunday attendance was 3,833 in 2017, the first ever conference tournament for the Ivy League’s men and first tournament for the women since 1986.
Oh I’m about to book my ticket now. https://t.co/Bo3trTlcUu
— Justin Sears (@Jussears5) May 24, 2018
😂😂😂😂. The league can’t be serious. Next it’s gonna be a random rec gym https://t.co/PDESaWvWi5
— D.Foreman (@DarnellForeman4) May 24, 2018
The Ivy League apparently favors holding the tournament in an Ivy gym as opposed to a neutral site, doing so three years in a row now despite criticism that it gives the host a home-court advantage:
— Yale Sports Analytics (@YaleSportsGroup) May 24, 2018
“Ivy Madness unites the high-quality level of basketball in our League with the excitement of March,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said. “We anticipate another electrifying atmosphere in New Haven.”