First NCAA Finals Event at Garden Since 1950 Men’s Basketball Final Four


First NCAA Finals Event at Garden Since 1950 Men’s Basketball Final Four




New York, NY (March 17, 2015) – For the first time in the 135-year history of Madison Square Garden, the World’s Most Famous Arena is set to host the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling  Championships. The event will take place fromMarch 17–19, 2016.  All-session tickets for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will go on sale thisWednesday, March 18 at 12 noon EST and can be purchased at


The championships will mark the first NCAA Finals of any sport at The Garden since the Men’s Basketball Final Four in 1950, when CCNY beat Bradley to win the National Championship. Madison Square Garden is hosting the 2016 Wrestling Championships in association with Hofstra University.


Madison Square Garden continues to be the leader in sports and entertainment. In 2014, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament returned to The Garden for the first time in 53 years and the East Regional is scheduled to come back again in 2017.   The current college basketball season celebrated its 80th anniversary at Madison Square Garden, and included Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski winning his 1,000th career game on Jan. 25 against St. John’s at MSG.


The Big 10 announced in December that the 2018 men’s basketball conference tournament will take place at MSG. Additionally, “Big 10 Day” – a doubleheader of men’s basketball and men’s ice hockey games on the same day – starts at The Garden in 2016.


In addition, the NBA All Star game returned to the Garden in February for the first time since 1998.  On April 25, Wladimir Klitschko defends his multiple titles against Bryant Jennings as the Heavyweight Championship of the World comes back to the “Mecca of Boxing” for the first time in more than eight years.


“Madison Square Garden is synonymous with the very best in sports and entertainment and we are thrilled to host the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports. “We have hosted the popular Grapple at The Garden since 2012 and know there is a great wrestling community in the New York area. We look forward to hosting thousands of passionate wrestling fans for the Championships.”


The 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden will mark only the third time the championships have taken place in the state of New York.  In 1964, Cornell hosted the event, during which Oklahoma State won the National Championship. In 2002, Minnesota claimed the NCAA title at Albany.


Over 2,400 student-athletes from across the country will compete all season long for the opportunity to become one of 330 wrestlers to advance to the wrestling championships at Madison Square Garden.

In 2012, Madison Square Garden hosted its first-ever college wrestling event with the inaugural Grapple at The Garden, welcoming 14 Division I programs. Since then, Grapple at The Garden has featured over 30 NCAA universities and some of the best wrestlers in the country, including former Cornell superstar Kyle Dake, who won a national championship in four different weight classes and is widely viewed as one of the greatest college wrestlers of all time.

For more information about the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, visit


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