Iowa To Play Thanksgiving Tournament In San Diego

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s basketball team will play in the inaugural Rady Children’s Invitational in San Diego next season. The 2023 field includes four teams from power conferences: Iowa (Big Ten), USC (Pac-12), Seton Hall (Big East) and Oklahoma (Big 12).

The two-day event, which will take place Nov. 23-24, will be played at UC San Diego’s LionTree Arena and games will air either on FOX or FS1. Matchups and tip times will be announced in the coming months.

Ticket prices range from $35 to $125 per session. Full tournament tickets will be available. Tickets go on sale March 31. Fans wanting to receive the first opportunity to purchase tickets are encouraged to visit In addition, $5 per ticket sold will be donated to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

“Sports events have been a pillar of the tourism industry in San Diego,” said Mark Neville, CEO of Sports San Diego. “Together with our partners – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, FOX Sports, UC San Diego Athletics, and Global Sports & Events – we endeavor to produce the very best and most special early season college basketball tournament in the country. San Diego is the perfect place to do this.”

“Whether shooting hoops in the driveway, participating in a pickup game at the court down the street, or watching talented athletes as a spectator, basketball brings families together,” said Stephen Jennings, Senior Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer at Rady Children’s Hospital and Executive Director at Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Rady Children’s is proud to support college basketball and inspire today’s kids to engage in exercise that develops character, encourages teamwork and builds perseverance.”