Turn Game Day into a Getaway
Welcome to Hoosier Nation! We're so excited to have you in Bloomington for an upcoming basketball game. While you're in town, it's essential to explore the city that's home to Indiana University. You'll quickly find that Bloomington is a quintessential college town with a vivacious spirit for college basketball. Before you arrive in B-Town, we're here to give you the rundown on how to make the most of your game day getaway.
The 2021/2022 Hoosier Basketball season is sure to be a good one! The men's team will play 19 home games at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this season. View the full season schedule here, and click here for the women's basketball schedule.
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IU Athletics sells single tickets, as well as season, group, and premium ticket bundles. You can browse the multiple ticket options for the 2021/2022 season here. We suggest purchasing tickets soon, as they'll become hard to come by closer to game day. You can check out the seating map and find parking information on IU Athletics' website. To make sure all Hoosier fans and guest have a fun & safe experience, refer to IU's official game day info here.
Looking for a place to grab a bite before or after the game? We highly recommend Mother Bear's Pizza. Once ranked the fourth best pizza joint in the country and in the Sports Illustrated Top 10 Greatest College Town Eats, Mother Bear's is a food experience that all visitors should check off their B-Town bucket list. Their unique, delicious pies are made with toppings all the way to the edge of the pizza, baked to pure, ooey-gooey perfection. Those who love a classic pizza should order The Deluxe or The Divine Swine, and those looking to try something different should choose between The Illinois Central, The Cosmo, or The Treasure of Monte Cristo.
Another great place to dine on a game day is Lennie's. Located by steps from Sample Gates on the legendary Kirkwood Avenue, Lennie's also offers great pizza, as well as delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, and pastas. We recommend the Woodsmen pizza, the Lennie's Original sandwich, and the wild beet spinach salad. Those of-age should definitely order a Bloomington Brewing Company beer with their meal — the Kirkwood Cream is a local-favorite.
There's no shortage of hotels in Bloomington, but if you're looking to stay near Assembly Hall, check out the Hampton Inn or Home2 Suites by Hilton. Those wanting to spend the night on campus should look into The Biddle Hotel, located in the Indiana Memorial Union. The Graduate Bloomington is also a great option for those looking to bask in the spirit of game day, thanks to the hotel's IU-themed decor & design. No matter where you choose to snooze, B-Town lodging options span an assortment of styles, locations, and price points.
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