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Presale for UofL’s Appearance in MGM Resorts Main Event Begins Wednesday

David Johnson - photo by Armando Garza - Bluegrass Sports Nation

LAS VEGAS — August 3, 2020

Tickets for the University of Louisville men’s basketball team’s appearance in the 7th-annual MGM Resorts Main Event benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer on Nov. 20-22 in Las Vegas will be available in a special presale on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. ET. 

Single game tickets for the event, as well as a two-day package at a discounted price, will be available for sale online at this link:  The presale will continue through Aug. 9 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

In addition to the Cardinals, the field for the event includes Arkansas, Colorado State and San Francisco.  First-round games will be played on Friday, Nov. 20 with the consolation and championship events tipping on Sunday, Nov. 22.  Matchups and game times will be announced later.  The event benefits Coaches vs. Cancer, an initiative spearheaded by the National Association of Basketball Coaches ( and the American Cancer Society (

Public health measures will be utilized for the safety of the teams and spectators, including utilizing no more than 25 percent capacity of the venue.  MGM Resort’s Seven-Point Safety Plan for the resorts and the arena are available at this link:

Complete tournament information can be accessed at and tournament hotel rates are available on the site. Rates are available for Aria (tournament headquarters resort), Park MGM, MGM Grand and New York-New York with all four resorts being within a short walking distance to T-Mobile Arena. Louisville fans are encouraged to follow @VegasMainEvent on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and use #CardsInVegas.  The event is managed by Kentucky-based sports marketing firm bdG Sports.

The tournament will mark Louisville’s first trip west since playing Grand Canyon in Phoenix in 2016. Their last trip to Vegas for a tournament was in 2007.

The Cardinals return three of their top nine scorers (two of its top six), including a pair of late-season starters in senior forward/center Malik Williams and sophomore guard David Johnson.  Despite losing 75 percent of its scoring from the Cardinals’ successful team last season, UofL has received Top 25 recognition by many media outlets projecting the top college basketball teams for the 2020-21 season.

Last season, the Cardinals (24-7, 15-5 ACC) finished the year positioned eighth in the nation in the NCAA’s NET rankings (No. 14 AP, No. 13 USA Today).  It was the best overall record through 31 games for a Louisville team in six years and marked the most conference victories for the Cardinals in their six years in the ACC.

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