Holiday Festival Tickets

The 66th Annual Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival returns with two exciting matchups. Holiday Festival tickets are rising in demand for the December, 2018 event that will feature college basketball teams Columbia Lions and Iona Gaels in game one. It will be followed by game two, pitting St. Johns Red Storm against the Princeton Tigers. The Holiday Festival has become a staple of the holiday season in the New York City. One of the best Christmas college basketball tournaments in the country, it is perfectly placed between the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and the Times Square ball drop. A non-league competition, it comes with lots of excitement and thrill for the fans.

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The Holiday Festival – Restoring the Faith of Basketball Fans

The longest running college basketball event, the Holiday Festival pits four ECAC member teams against each other. In its 66th year, the sporting event has always witnessed a huge attendance and the latest edition taking place at the Madison Square Garden is expected be nothing less.

Who is playing? In the game one, Columbia Lions will take on the Iona Gaels. Game two will see the St. Johns Red Storm battle it out against the Princeton Tigers. If you haven’t already purchased your Holiday Festival tickets then better hurry, as they are quickly selling out.

History – how it all started. It was the December of 1952, when Madison Square Garden’s President Ned Irish came up with the idea of Holiday Festival. What spurred it though is a rather unfortunate story.

During the 1950-51 college basketball seasons, City College of New York (CCNY) faced a major basketball scandal when as many as 32 players from their team as well as six other schools were caught shaving points. The arrests were made at the Madison Square Garden that stunned the entire nation. At that time college basketball almost died in the New York City. But not one to give up, Ned Irish along with ECAC’s commissioner Asa Bushnell decided that few rotten eggs cant spoil the entire bushel. The Holiday Festival was announced.

Fans all over the city were still hungry for some exciting college basketball and a huge crowd poured into the MSG to witness the opening game. The inaugural game was played with a lot of passion and grace that it set the standards of an incredible legacy that still endures.

The Teams

Iona Gaels – The reigning Conference tournament champions – for three consecutive years from 2016 till 2018, and overall 11 times winners, the Gaels are ready for the 2018-19 season. Returning to the Mecca of basketball, the Madison Square Garden, it’s the team’s second straight appearance at the Holiday Festival. After losing to the St. Johns Red Storm in 2017 (69-59), the team will set up revenge against the Columbia University on December 9.

Columbia Lions – Competing in the Ivy League, the Columbia Lions Basketball team is slowly gaining momentum. It was way back in 1968 when the Lion nabbed the Conference regular season championship. Last year the team posted the second-best offense in the league, riding on the shoulder of the junior guard Mike Smith. Quinton Adlesh is another threat for the competitors as he’s been in great form lately.  

Princeton Tigers – Also an Ivy League team, the Tigers have shown consistency over the years, winning 27 Conference regular season titles, last win coming in 2017. Devin Cannady and Myles Stephens are returning this season as the senior guards and poise a big threat to the opposition, scoring from anywhere on the court. Jaelin Llewellyn is the new scorer for the side and with his support the Tigers are in a good place to forget the disappointing last season and return to the top rank in the league.

St. John’s Red Storm – It’s the fourth year for Chris Mullin as the Red Storm’s head coach. And that’s enough for the fans to believe that he will steer the side to NCAA Tournament berth. Guard Shamorie Ponds offers a legitimate threat to the opposition, shining as the brightest star in the Big East. The stage – or rather the court, is set for an epic showdown between these four teams and the winner will be basking in the glory for a long time.

Holiday Festival Ticket Prices

Currently the average price for Holiday Festival tickets is $20. The date and location for this event is 8-Dec-19 at Stephens Auditorium, Ames. The minimum get-in price for Holiday Festival tickets is $20.

Name City Date Average Ticket Price Get In Price
(Minimum Price)
Holiday Festival Ames 8-Dec-19 $20 $20

* Ticket Prices vary on hourly basis.

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