What To Do In NYC During The Big Ten Tournament

If you’re living in New York or heading to the city to catch Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament this week, you may just be looking for places to watch the games (other than Madison Square Garden), or even looking for other sporting events to catch.

If that’s the case, look no further. Here’s all of the information you need when in the Big Apple.

Watch Party Discounts At Brother Jimmy’s

If you’re interested in watching the Big Ten Tournament with some fellow Penn State fans and alumni, you can make your way to Brother Jimmy’s on 8th Ave. and 31st (Madison Square Garden location) or Lexington and 31st.

Throughout the Big Ten Tournament, mentioning “Big Ten Wristband” to any bartender, waiter, or waitress will get you 20 percent off everything for just $10 up front. You can find more information about the special here.

If you’re feeling particularly active, you can even sign up for two player machine basketball tournament for $15 per team. Brother Jimmy’s at its Lexington and 31st location will host the tournament Saturday with the New York City Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Big Ten Championship Tipoff Party At McGettigans

McGettigan’s on 70 West 36th Street will host a kickoff party for all Big Ten basketball fans in New York City on Wednesday, February 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The first 300 party-goers to arrive will receive a voucher for a free drink. You can learn more here.

Photo: Penn State Alumni Association New York City Chapter

Penn State-Dominated Bars

There are a few others bars you could check out if you hope to be surrounded by a pro-Penn State crowd. Tonic East, a three-story bar on 3rd Avenue, is known for having a Penn State crowd when big sporting events come around.

The Grayson in the East Village and Mercury Bar in the Theater District also tend to have Penn State crowds, so they could be good spots to grab a drink while rooting for the Nittany Lions.

Other Sports Events

If you’re in the mood to check out a professional sporting event while you’re in New York, you can head over to the Barclay’s Center to watch the Islanders take on the Canadiens on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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