Frequently Asked Questions


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What is the Champions Classic?

Launched in 2011, the State Farm Champions Classic is a doubleheader men’s basketball event featuring four of the top programs in the country. The event takes these four programs ‐ Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State — to different arenas around the country.

Where is the Champions Classic played?

The annual event rotates to a new location each year. In 2021, the 11th annual event will again be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Past events have been held in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Indianapolis.

How do fans get tickets?

Tickets are primarily available through the respective schools playing in the event. Any tickets that remain will go on sale through Ticketmaster in early October.  For more information, visit Champions Classic Tickets page.

What health and safety measures are in place?

Madison Square Garden has worked closely with government and health officials to ensure the strongest operating protocols, with the goal of providing a safe and enjoyable experience. For the most up to date information regarding health and safety measures please click here.