Regional Championships 2015: Elite Eight
This year, the regional championships will be in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Houston, and Syracuse. The Elite 8 matchups will be held on March 28 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Midwest and West Regional Championships. The other two games will be played on March 29 at NRG Stadium in Houston and the Carrier Dome in Syracuse for the South and East Regional Championships.
Ticket Prices 2015
Because of Kentucky's undefeated streak, the Midwest Regional is hosting the most expensive Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games. Full strip tickets to the Midwest Regional in Cleveland run an average of $551 on the secondary market. Last year, the midwest regional in Indianapolis was the least expensive Regional: tickets sold for an average of just $319. Prior to the bracket announcement, the West Regional in Los Angeles was the most expensive regional city. The current price of full-strip tickets in Los Angeles remains high at about $500 due to the fact that LA is a huge sports market and the fact that it could be hosting a rematch of last year's Wisconsin vs Arizona Elite 8 matchup. Tickets to the South Regional currently average $385 on the secondary market. Surprisingly, the East Regional is currently the least expensive with tickets averaging just $331 on the secondary market. 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.