NCAA March Madness 2015
March Madness Ticket Prices
It's approach is imminent, and it's never to early to start thinking about tickets to the 2015 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.
Tickets for Early Rounds
Right now, Seattle and Louisville are the two most expensive host cities for the early rounds. For a full-strip ticket in Seattle, which includes two second-round games and a third round game, the average ticket price on the secondary market is $573. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have good odds of playing in both the second and third round at this point, so their local fans are scooping up tickets. Kentucky fans are similarly excited: the undefeated Wildcats are driving up the price of Louisville tickets to $443 for two sessions. For some perspective, tickets to the Final Four last year cost $608.
Regional Championships 2015: Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight
This year, the regional championships will be in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Houston, and Syracuse. The Midwest Regional will be held March 26 & 28 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Staples Center in Los Angeles will host the West Regional. On March 27 & 29, the South Regional will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston, and the East Regional will be held at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
At the moment, the West Regional in Los Angeles 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 $571. Tickets to the Midwest strip in Cleveland, so far the second most expensive Regional, are going for an average of $478. Last year, the midwest regional in Indianapolis was the least expensive Regional: tickets sold for an average of just $319. Tickets to the South Regional currently average $447 on the secondary market. Surprisingly, the East Regional is currently the least expensive. Historically, the East Regional commands the highest average ticket price of any region, but because Syracuse is relatively inaccessible (especially compared to Boston, DC, and Newark), ticket prices are suffering.