Everything You Need to Know for Gameday at the Ford Center

Tourney Time, Ford Center

This year marks 25 years as Evansville playing host to the DII Championship. The home of the Evansville Aces, Ford Center in Evansville is an incredible, modern venue for basketball. It will hold Regional games along with the complete Elite Eight leading up to the Championship. Evansville has a storied history dating back hundreds and even thousands of years. You absolutely cannot miss the attractions and restaurants mentioned below! The 2021 NCAA Tournament is taking place in 7 different arenas throughout Indiana. This is your complete guide to gameday at Ford Center in Evansville.

The Arena

Ford Center – Evansville

Ford Center Evansville, Gameday


Ford Center is a multi-use indoor arena in Evansville with a capacity of about 11,000 fans. The arena opened in 2011 and is mainly used for basketball, but also hosts concerts and Evansville Thunderbolts ice hockey games. The DI Evansville Aces Men’s basketball team calls Ford Center home. This 290,000 square foot world-class facility draws attendees from all over the tri-state region. It has hosted the Division II Men’s Basketball Championship multiple times.

Ford Center DII Championship 2019, Ford Center
Northwest Missouri State finishes off an undefeated season to win the 2019 DII Men’s Basketball Championship. Photo courtesy of @thefordcenter on Instagram.

Prominent Events Hosted: 

Beyond just sports, Ford Center is known for its ability to be a great facility for entertainment of all kinds. It has had a variety of events, including a Bob Seger concert, Hadi Shrine Circus, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Monster Jam, WWE Supershow, and much more.

2021 NCAA DII Tournament Games:

Regional Quarterfinal – March 13

Regional Semifinal – March 14

Regional Championship – March 16

Elite Eight – March 24 – 27

Interested in attending one of the games? Purchase tickets here.

Nearby Attractions

Games for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be limited to 25% capacity. Even if you can’t be in person now, bookmark these attractions for your next visit to Evansville. 

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden, Ford Center

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

Mesker Park Zoo offers a worldwide adventure as visitor encounters hundreds of animals representing species from around the globe. One of the zoo’s most unique attractions is the “Amazonia” exhibit. The 20,000 square foot greenhouse features an incredible diversity of plants and animals of the South American rainforest. Howler Monkeys and Toucans might say hello from their treetop homes while Tapirs and exotic creatures wait around the bend in the trail. Last and certainly not least, feast your eyes on the majestic jaguar!

USS LST Ship Memorial, Ford Center

USS LST Ship Memorial

The USS LST-325 is the last remaining representative of the largest class of ships to ever serve in the U.S. Navy: the Landing Ship, Tank. These 328-foot long amphibious landing vessels were designed to carry tanks, trucks, jeeps, and troops directly onto enemy beaches for invasions in World War II. LST-325 participated in landings at Sicily, mainland Italy, and Normandy France during her service in World War II. Learn More.

Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Ford Center

Angel Mounds Historic Site

The heritage at the Angel Mounds State Historic Site stretches back about 1,000 years. Around 1000 AD, a group of Native Americans began building a town along the Ohio River. The land was chosen because the river offered protection with the river on one side and a slough on the opposing side. The community built large platform mounds, defensive palisades, and numerous dwellings. Angel Mounds is a great example of the Mississippian Culture.

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Nearby Restaurants

Games for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be limited to 25% capacity. Even if you can’t be in person now, bookmark these restaurants for your next visit to Evansville. 

Arazu on Main, Ford Center

Arazu on Main

Arazu on Main invites you to sit back, enjoy a glass of wine, and indulge in the lost art of conversation. Sharing food is one of the world’s oldest traditions and Arazu is passionate in their belief that a good meal holds the power to unify different cultures, faiths, and ethnicities. Arazu on Main’s Mediterranean cuisine will have you raving long after you leave Evansville.

Bru Burger Evansville, Ford Center

Bru Burger

Inside a completely renovated Greyhound Bus Station building that stood empty for a decade; Bru Burger is so much more than a burger place! Focusing on the American classic, their menu offers a wide array of burgers, fries, shakes along with salads and appetizers.

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Notable Hotel

Games for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be limited to 25% capacity. Even if you can’t be in person now, bookmark this hotel for your next visit to Evansville. 

Double Tree By Hilton, Ford Center

DoubleTree by Hilton

The DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville is located across from the Old National Events Plaza, Evansville’s convention center, and Ford Center. Both venues are conveniently accessible via sky bridges. The 241-room full-service hotel features the Stone City Grill and the Quarry Bar and 12,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space in The Grand Ballroom.

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Hoosiers By Choice Feature

Indiana is a place with a high quality of life with great restaurants, outdoor activities, surrounded by a thriving community and business environment. Hoosiers represent all walks of life, experiences, interests, and geographical locations. As Hoosiers, we know we have an incredible story to tell.

Thomas Jackson – Vanderburgh County

Tourney Time

The Eyes of the Basketball World Turn to Indiana

All eyes are on Indiana in March as the state prepares to host the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. As Indiana shines in the national spotlight, Tourney Time is your hub for tournament information, basketball history, amazing cuisine and attractions, and a special Best of Indiana voting!

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Everything You Need to Know for Gameday at the Ford Center