Those are the words that you'll hear next March while seated in the world's most famous arena just before tipoff of Xavier's first-ever appearance in the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship.
With our move to the BIG EAST, we now play on the biggest and brightest stage that college basketball has for post-season conference championship play. This is truly the start of something BIG. And we want you to be part of it with us.
Xavier and all BIG EAST member institutions are limited to 750 all-session tickets for the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship. We wanted to reach out to you first and extend a special invitation to you before tickets go on sale to the general public.
In addition, when you purchase all-session tickets, you receive an invitation to attend exclusive Xavier events held during the Championship week.
The BIG EAST Championship is more than just great basketball. It's an event. And it's showcased in one of the world's most exciting cities. So while the Musketeers are between games, you have the chance to expand your experience.
Yes, Xavier will continue to host pre-game receptions and alumni events, to which you are always invited. But this opportunity offers all that and more.
Madison Square Garden is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, just blocks from Times Square, the theater district, the Empire State Building and the Church of St. Francis Xavier. Penn Station in located underneath the Garden, offering easy access to the subway and putting you just minutes from Central Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and much more.
If you don't want the trip to be just fun AND games, perhaps you can conduct some business while you're there. Check in at the home office, visit and entertain clients or close that big deal. Whatever your reason, you need to be there.
From the MCC to the A-10 to the BIG EAST, Xavier has seen three decades of athletic excellence.
Xavier's elevation into one of the top basketball conferences in the country has been the result of a series of steps over the last 30 years. Those steps did not just include athletics, but also included a well-coordinated growth strategy for the entire University as well.
On March 20, Xavier announced it was joining a newly restructured BIG EAST Conference. This elevation into one of the most dominant conferences in the country was met with a great deal of pride among Musketeer alumni and fans. But what was lost in the announcement was the fact that the move into national prominence wasn’t an overnight event. Rather, it was the culmination of a well-planned, concerted effort that was decades in the making.
There were little steps along the way—ditching the “Xavier of Ohio” tag, ignoring the “mid-major” label, teaching people that it’s not pronounced “Ex-avier.” There were big steps as well—moving from Schmidt Fieldhouse to the Cincinnati Gardens, joining the A-10, building the Cintas Center. But like walking up a flight of stairs, each step elevated the University until it has now reached what could arguably be considered the top flight.