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Evansville Regional Sports Commission

City Officials, OVC leadership Kick Off “OVC Championship Week” in Evansville


Evansville, Ind. (March 5, 2024) – Today, Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry joined Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Commissioner Beth DeBauche and the OVC host committee to officially kick off “OVC Championship Week” in southwestern Indiana.

The men’s and women’s OVC Basketball Championships presented by United Fidelity Bank will get underway tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6, and conclude Saturday, March 9 at Evansville’s Ford Center.

March Madness begins in Evansville as 16 teams will battle to be the first to claim their spot in the Division I NCAA Tournament. After concluding Conference play on Saturday, the Little Rock men and Southern Indiana women claimed the top seeds.

Mayor Terry announced that the Admissions Fair will once again return, this year on Thursday afternoon, to attract local high school students. In addition, the women’s and men’s championship games on Saturday are again scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the Boom Squad performing at the Ford Center plaza before the men’s championship game.

“We are excited to host the OVC Tournament for the seventh year, and to again see the first NCAA Tournament ticket punched right here in Evansville,” said Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry. “Even more, we’re grateful for the opportunity to work with our incredible community partners to not only host the men’s championship, but the OVC’s dual championships with the women’s tournament coming to Evansville as well!.”

“The City of Evansville continues to embrace our athletes, staff and spectators, and the OVC membership is grateful for the wonderful hospitality,” said DeBauche. “We are looking forward to an exciting and highly competitive tournament once again.”

Ticket Information

Several single-game promotions listed below are available directly through the Ford Center Box Office. Single-session and all-session passes can be purchased at the box office or at

Wednesday, March 6

  • Women’s Session (1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.)
  • Men’s Session (6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.)

Thursday, March 7

  • Women’s Session (1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.)
  • Men’s Session (6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.) – Courier and Press Evansville Night ($5 off single-session tickets with a local community ID)

Friday, March 8

  • Women’s Session (1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.)
  • Men’s Session (7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.) – Berry Global Youth Sports Night (Children 12 & under who wear a youth sports jersey to the game receive free admission with the purchase of a discounted $15 adult ticket)

Saturday, March 9

  • Women’s Championship (2 p.m.) – German American Bank Four Pack (4 tickets, 4 sodas and 4 hot dogs for $40 – Limited quantities available)
  • Men’s Championship (7 p.m.) – German American Bank Four Pack (4 tickets, 4 sodas, 4 hot dogs for $60 – Limited quantities available)

All other games: Individual game tickets (includes a two-game session except for Saturday) are priced at $30 and 25 for the men’s games and $15 for women’s games. An all-session ticket (all 14 games) is available for $80.

OVC Tournament Seedings

Men’s Tournament                                                       Women’s Tournament

  1. Little Rock                                                        1. Southern Indiana
  2. UT Martin                                                          2. Little Rock
  3. Morehead State                                                3. UT Martin
  4. Western Illinois                                                  4. Eastern Illinois
  5. Tennessee State                                               5. Morehead State
  6. SIUE                                                                 6. Tennessee Tech
  7. Eastern Illinois                                                  7. Western Illinois
  8. Southern Indiana                                               8. Tennessee State

Tournament bracket and game times can be found at

Admissions Fair

The OVC Admissions Fair, sponsored by United Fidelity Bank, will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 in the Ford Center lobby and concourse. High school students will have access to admissions counselors from all 11 OVC schools to learn about courses and programs offered at each institution. To register for the free event, high school students should visit:

All attendees will receive a free ticket to the Thursday afternoon’s OVC women’s basketball quarterfinals, which will immediately follow the college fair at 1:00 p.m. The tickets will be provided to the registered students at the fair.


Contact: Kyle Schwartz, OVC – 615-775-1937