Your Guide to the Big Sky Basketball Championship in Reno

Your Guide to the Big Sky Basketball Championship in Reno

Whether you’re an alumni of one of the schools playing in the Big Sky Conference Championship, or simply a die-hard sports fan, you won’t want to miss a minute of the action as men’s and women’s basketball teams vie for a berth into the NCAA tournament. The conference tournament kicks off at the Reno Events Center on Monday, March 6, with the championship game taking place on Saturday, March 11. From finding the best pregame party, to enjoying all that Reno has to offer between games, this is your guide to making the most of your time during the Big Sky Basketball Championship.

Who’s Playing?

Twelve women’s teams and 11 men’s teams will compete for the title of Conference Champion, which moves them on to the coveted NCAA tournament taking place through the month of March. Visit to see a complete, up-to-date list of game times throughout the week.


Get Your Tickets

Coggins_ReneBe a part of the fast-paced play for every game with an all-session ticket, or purchase individual game tickets, both of which are available in advance or at the Reno Events Center Box Office. The Eldorado Hotel Casino and Silver Legacy Resort Casino in downtown Reno are the official team hosts during the championships so you can stay near fellow fans, just blocks from the Reno Events Center. If you’re looking for fun for the whole family – including the family dog – Circus Circus Reno Hotel & Casino is a great option, also conveniently located near the arena. 

Pre- and Post-Game Fun

Amp up your team spirit at one of the many party zones located inside Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus. See where you can go to hang out with fellow fans and alumni, enjoy team-specific drink specials, share your game highlights, and swap stories from your own glory days on campus.

School Party Zone Location
Sacramento State & Montana State El Jefe’s Cantina
Montana & Southern Utah The Brew Brothers
North Dakota Drinx
Weber State Silver Baron Lounge
Northern Arizona & Idaho State Bar Centro
Idaho & Portland State Silver Legacy Sports Book
Northern Colorado & Eastern Washington Eldorado Sports Book

Around Reno

Of course you’ll want to catch every possible minute of the exciting games, but don’t miss out on the other fun happening around Reno! From downtown, it’s a short walk to the Truckee River where you can find several bars, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as the Bicentennial Sculpture Park.

Check out the locally-owned businesses in The Basement, a unique space in the basement of the historic Post Office building. You can grab lunch, fresh-made juice, coffee, and even do some shopping.

Reno’s close proximity to the Black Rock Desert means the Burning Man culture is alive and well in the community year-round, especially at the Reno Playa Art Park, home to sculptures from Burning Man 2016. Sierra Street, which runs through downtown, is also home to several restaurants to satisfy any craving.

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