Frequently Asked Questions


A Thanksgiving Feast of Basketball in Brooklyn!

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What is the Upsie NIT Season Tip-Off?

Formed in 1985 as a complement to the postseason National Invitation Tournament, the Upsie NIT Season Tip-Off is one of the longest-running early season college basketball tournaments in the nation. After an initial run in Manhattan, the event’s championship round made its way across the East River to Barclays Center starting with the 2015 tournament.

Where is it played?

All games will be played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The 2021 event will take place on each side of Thanksgiving – Wednesday, November 24 and Friday, November 26.

Where do fans purchase tickets?

Tickets for the 2021 Upsie NIT Season Tip-Off are on sale now! For more information visit our Tickets page.

What health and safety measures are in place?

Barclays Center is committed to hosting world-class sports and entertainment with the primary goal of keeping all fans, guests, employees, players, and performers safe. Please note that, per current New York City government guidelines for attending indoor events at venues such as Barclays Center, all guests ages 12 and older must provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, which means  at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. For more specific information please click here.