Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament Coming to ESPN Wide World

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It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without some sports! Thanksgiving is a time to share with loved ones and often a time when we indulge in a feast of food. But it wouldn’t be the holiday season without the TV on with games playing! Celebrating any holiday is extra special when it’s spent at a Disney Park. Now, some lucky college students will feel the magic of the holidays and Disney while playing their favorite sport during the holiday season.

Disney just announced the holiday hoops matchups for this Thanksgiving weekend. The men’s college basketball tournament will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.

Thanksgiving College Basketball Tournament

This 17-year history tournament is coming back for Thanksgiving 2023. So let’s break it down. On Thanksgiving Day, fans can watch four games; Penn State vs. Texas A&M, Florida Atlantic vs. Butler, Iowa State vs. Virginia Commonwealth, and Boise State vs. Virginia Tech.

“Six of the teams in this year’s field played in the 2023 NCAA Tournament, including FAU, which made it all the way to the Final Four for the first time in the school’s history,” Disney Parks Blog writes. Whichever team wins on Thanksgiving will put the team into the semifinals on Black Friday, November 24. The championship game will follow on Sunday, November 26. Last year’s champion was Oklahoma, so only time will tell who will be the 2023 champion of the Thanksgiving College Basketball Tournament.

ESPN Wide World of Sports

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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex seats 5,000 Guests, making it the perfect place to bring the entire family. Furthermore, make it your newest family tradition and enjoy some turkey and Parks in between the games.

ESPN Wide World of Sports

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Get in on the action with tickets now on sale, including single-session tickets and All-Tournament tickets for every game. Additional single-session tickets will go on sale later on October 2. Disney is even featuring a discount code until August 11, offering $15 off your tickets using promo code “MAGIC”. Tickets can begin as low as $80 per person. If this is a part of your Thanksgiving traditions or starting to become one, this makes for the perfect gift during the holiday season.

So what are you waiting for?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.