March Madness 2017
When the calendar flips to March that can only mean one thing, the NCAA Tournament is just weeks away. After last year's incredible championship game, and some unforgettable earlier-round games, demand for tickets is as high as ever. And with the top teams upset nearly every week, this year is truly going to be anyone's guess on who will be left when they play One Shining Moment.
This year Selection Sunday was March 12, with the first four games taking place March 14-15. First and second round games will take place March 16-19, with the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 taking place March 23-26. The calendar then flips to April, with the Final Four played on April 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, and the championship two days later on April 3.
March Madness Ticket Prices
With the bracket now set, fans are busy buying tickets to the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Ticket prices vary substantially based on a handful of variables, including the stage of play, the location of the games, and the teams playing. We've seen some transactions around the earlier rounds of the games, but fans don't usually start buying tickets to the Final Four until the week of Conference Championships.
The Final Four 2017
There has been little activity on the secondary market regarding the Final Four 2017. However, based on what we know, the average price of tickets to the full strip (the Final Four and the National Championship), is $833 at the moment. Tickets to just the NCAA Championship game are currently selling for an average of $485. In a year where no team has looked overly dominant, the big question right now is which teams will put it together enough to make it to University of Phoenix Stadium inn the first week of April.
Regional Championships 2017: Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight
This year, the regional championships will be in New York, Memphis, San Jose, and Kansas City. The South Regional will be held March 23 and 25 at the FedExForum in Memphis. The SAP Center in San Jose will host the West Regional March 23 and 25. On March 24 and 26, the Midwest Regional will be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, while also on March 24 and 26 the East Regional will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York.
At the moment, the South Regional in Memphis is the most expensive regional city where the average ticket price to see the two Sweet Sixteen games as well at the Elite Eight matchup is $649. The East Regional in New York is so far the second most expensive regional, with tickets going for an average of $547. The West Regional in SAP Center is next, with an average resale price of $520. Currently the Midwest Regional in Kansas City is the least expensive, with an average resale price of $453 a ticket.
Tickets for Early Rounds
Right now, Orlando and Milwaukee are the two most expensive host cities for the early rounds. For a full-strip ticket in Orlando, which includes two first-round sessions and a second round session, the average ticket price on the secondary market is $638. Meanwhile in Milwaukee the average resale price of a ticket is is $617.
What does a "Full Strip" of tickets mean?
A full strip of tickets includes a ticket to each of the sessions hosted at that venue. For the first and second round locations this would include tickets to the two afternoon session games, the two evening session games, and the two second round games in the third session. In the case of the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, a full strip would include tickets for the games at the location for both those rounds. In the case of the Final Four, a full strip includes tickets to the two Final Four games as well as the Championship game.
Why are tickets broken into sessions?
Unlike most sporting events, in the case of the NCAA Tournament many tickets include admission to more than a single game. In the First Round, Second Round and Sweet 16 each session includes admission to back-to-back games. However, in the case of the First Round Session 1 tickets do not include admission to the games in Session 2, and vice versa, even though the games are on the same day.
How much do March Madness tickets typically cost?
There are numerous factors that impact the cost of NCAA Tournament tickets, including the location of the game, the teams playing, and the round in the tournament. Some tickets will cost less than $50, while other may cost hundreds of dollars. Games with more demand will have higher ticket prices, while games with less demand will see lower prices.
What is the NCAA Tournament schedule this year?
The bracket will be announced on Selection Sunday, March 12. First Four games in Dayton will take place on March 14 and 15 before the First Round is played on March 16 and 17. The Second Round will take place March 18 and 19. The Sweet 16 is a few days later, on March 23 and 24, with the Elite 8 games on March 25 and 26. The Final Four games will take place April 1, with the National Championship game played April 3.
When do NCAA Tournament tickets go on sale?
NCAA Tournament tickets are already on sale, and in many cases have already sold out on the primary market. Many fans will turn to the secondary market when they find out which location their team is headed to.