Feb. 23, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa Department of Athletics announced Tuesday that ticket sales for the upcoming Big Ten Wrestling Championships and United States Olympic Wrestling Team Trials are either nearing a sellout or ahead of schedule.
Fewer than 2,500 tickets remain on sale for the 2016 Big Ten Championships hosted inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 5-6. More than 11,000 all-session tickets have been sold for the conference tournament, which is being held in Iowa City for the first time since 2005.
The U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials return to Iowa City for the second straight Olympic cycle on April 9-10. A record 54,766 fans attended the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and sales today are ahead of 2012 year-to-date. The University has sold 7,200 all-session tickets as of Tuesday, Feb. 23. On this date in 2012, all-session sales were at 6,653.
The upcoming tournament totals will add to the more than 97,000 wrestling fans that have already entered the gates of Kinnick Stadium and Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 2015-16. Iowa opened the season hosting Oklahoma State at the “Grapple on the Gridiron” inside Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 14, when an NCAA dual attendance record 42,287 people saw the No. 2 Hawkeyes defeat the No. 1 Cowboys.
In eight home dates this season, Iowa averaged 12,166 fans, breaking its previous NCAA record of 9,014 set in 2011-12.
All-session tickets to the Big Ten Championships ($50 adults/$40 youth) and the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials ($75/$50) are available for purchase at the UI Athletics Ticket Office, over the phone at 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or online at hawkeyesports.com.
Single-session tickets for both events go on sale the week leading up to the event, if available.