Illini Basketball at Madison Square Garden!

New York City

This December, the Illini Men's Basketball Team will take on Villanova in New York City in the "Jimmy V Classic" on Tuesday, December 9th.  Illini fans will be coming to NYC from far and wide to see the team play Villanova at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic.  The NYC Illini Club reserved a block of tickets and will host a pre-game gathering near Madison Square Garden.  This should be a pretty fun event.  As of Oct 31st, more than 65 tickets had already been purchased in the Illini Club block! 

Tip-off is at 7:00pm, which gives us time to gear up for the game with some cocktails.  We'll be gathering for pre-game drinks & snacks at the NYC Illini Club's regular game-watching location, The Australian, on 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.  Festivities officially start at 4:00pm, but feel free to stop in earlier if you can't wait until then!

Follow the instructions below to purchase your tickets!  Some notes: 

  • Our seats are in Section 114, rows 9-13
  • Tickets are $40 plus a $1.25 handling fee; please use promo code "illinois" to get this price
  • Each ticket is good for both of the games (Illinois vs Villanova at 7:00pm, followed by Indiana vs Louisville)
  • There is a limit of 9 tickets per order via the link.  If you need more than that, please contact the NYC Illini's group sales representative, Phil Valente, directly at 212-631-5652 or



Step 2: Select “Find Tickets”


Step 3: Enter promo code “illinois”


Step 4: Sign up for a Ticketmaster account, or login if you currently have one


Step 5: Choose amount of tickets (9) is the maximum per account, should you need more please contact Phil Valente, 212-631-5652 or


Step 6: Check out!