Basketball Gameday Getaway

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 Schedule

IU Men's Basketball Schedule 2023-2024

IU Women's Basketball Schedule 2023-2024

The 2023-2024 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. The women's team will play 16 homes games. View the men's full season schedule here, and click here for the women's basketball schedule. For a chance to win two tickets to an IU men's basketball game this season, enter here!

The Tickets

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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 2023-2024 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 guests have a fun & safe experience, refer to IU's official game day info here

The Food

A slice of cheese pizza being served at a table at Mother Bear's Pizza

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 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.

The Lodging


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.