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It’s not easy being the third-best basketball program in a state, but the Northern Iowa Panthers seem to be handling it just fine. At times, there are plenty of cheap UNI basketball tickets available, but there are also times when the Panthers are in the national spotlight. Slowly but surely, Northern Iowa has become one of the most notable mid-major programs in the country, making last-minute UNI basketball tickets a treat for any basketball fan in the Hawkeye State.

Just the Beginning

Former Northern Iowa player Greg McDermott is the person most responsible for putting UNI on the college basketball map. He inherited a struggling program in 2001 but would go on to take the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in three consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2006. That run ended a 14-year tournament drought with UNI’s only other tournament appearance coming in 1990 when they upset Missouri in the First Round as a no. 14 seed. After the 2006 season, McDermott left to pursue other endeavors, but even without him, the success at his alma mater was just getting started.

The Apprentice Becomes the Master

Ben Jacobson served as an assistant under McDermott and ended up being the successor to his former boss in 2006. In his third season at the helm, Jacobson got the Panthers back to the Big Dance, winning both the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles. However, it was the following year that Northern Iowa earned a permanent place in college basketball lore. As a no. 9 seed, the Panthers defeated UNLV in the First Round and then pulled off a stunning upset over the tournament’s top seed Kansas in the Round of 32 thanks to an incredible shot by Ali Farokhmanesh that sent UNI to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. 

The shot by Farokhmanesh will always be remembered as one of the greatest shots in NCAA Tournament history. It also ensured that UNI won’t be soon forgotten, especially since the Panthers remain one of the best teams in the Missouri Valley and one of the mid-major programs fans need to watch closely year after year.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where Does UNI Basketball Play?

The Panthers play their home games at the McLeod Center, which is located on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The venue hosts the men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the UNI women’s volleyball team. Since the McLeod Center opened in 2006, the Panthers have gone undefeated at home in several seasons, turning their home court into a fortress and regularly filling the arena to capacity with over 7,000 fans.

When do UNI tickets go on sale?

Cheap UNI tickets to games played at the McLeod Center are available months in advance, as are UNI tickets for away games. In other words, there’s no rush to check UNI’s schedule. Just grab tickets whenever you’ve got the itch.

Is it better to buy UNI tickets in advance?

With UNI tickets being available so far ahead of time, it’s easy to buy tickets whenever you want to – but there’s little need to plan ahead. You can often get cheap last-minute tickets to UNI games by waiting to make your purchase until the very last minute. As game day gets closer and sellers drop their prices, fans reap the benefits.

What’s the best way to buy cheap UNI tickets?

The best way to buy cheap UNI tickets is always going to be from a secure online platform that connects fans and resellers. These ticket marketplaces often have some of the cheapest ticket prices and are the easiest way to shop for UNI tickets. Can you buy UNI tickets at the stadium? Sure – but you’ll likely be paying a higher price than you need to!  

Why should I choose Gametime over other ticket marketplaces?

Ticket marketplaces are the best place to find sports tickets. And when it comes to cheap UNI tickets, Gametime is a no-brainer. Seats bought through us are affordable because we charge some of the lowest service fees anywhere. On top of that, we show you the view from the seats you’re shopping for thanks to our panoramic seat view photos. You’ll never have to buy seats blind with Gametime – you’ll know what your view at the McLeod Center will be before you buy those cheap UNI tickets. So the next time you’re in the market for cheap UNI tickets, turn to Gametime.

How much are UNI Basketball tickets?

UNI ticket prices will differ depending on a number of factors. Generally speaking, the average ticket price for UNI tickets is around $32 a ticket. But you can be looking at a few hundred dollars more, depending on the opponent, stage of play, and demand. 


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