NCAA Tournament 2016: Early Rounds
This year's first and second rounds are being played at eight venues across the country: Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, PNC Arena in Raleigh, Pepsi Center in Denver, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, and Spokane Arena in Spokane.
Des Moines NCAA Tournament Tickets
With Kansas only a short drive away, and historical powerhouses Kentucky and Indiana possibly meeting in the second round, the Des Moines location is the hottest first/second round ticket of this year's NCAA Tournament. Fans attending the games at Wells Fargo Arena will not only see the Jayhawks, Hoosiers and Wildcats, but also Chattanooga, Stony Brook, Austin Peay, Colorado and UConn.
Providence NCAA Tournament Tickets
Following Des Moines, Providence is the second hottest location for this year's tournament. The Dunkin' Donuts Center only seats about 12,000 fans, and is one of the smallest venues in the tournament. Yale fans will have a short trip to the venue, while the Duke fans in the New York City-Boston corridor will certainly show up. Also playing in Providence is Arizona, Miami, Buffalo, Baylor, UNC Wilmington, and the winner of the Vanderbilt-Wichita State game.
Denver NCAA Tournament Tickets
The third most expensive location for the first/second round games this year is Denver's Pepsi Center. Iowa State fans are always know for traveling well, and Utah fans will almost certainly make the trip to see their No. 3 seed Utes. Also in Denver this year is Purdue, Arkansas-Little Rock, Iona, Seton Hall, Gonzaga and Fresno State.
Brooklyn NCAA Tournament Tickets
With the NCAA Tournament coming to the Barclays Center for the first time ever, fans in the NYC-area are buying tickets to see their alma maters play. The biggest driver of this region is Villanova, whose campus is only a short drive away. The Wildcats could potentially see fellow Philadelphia school Temple in the second round. However, first the Owls will need to get around Iowa. Also appearing in Brooklyn will be UNC-Asheville, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Stephen F. Austin, and the winner of the Michigan-Tulsa game.
Oklahoma City NCAA Tournament Tickets
The biggest driver of ticket sales in Oklahoma City this year is the appearance of the Oklahoma Sooners, a team many are expecting to go deep in the tournament. Fans of Texas and Texas A&M will also be making the trip to the border state to see their teams play. The other teams playing in the Chesapeake Energy Arena are Northern Iowa, Green Bay, Oregon State, VCU, and Cal State Bakersfield.
Raleigh NCAA Tournament Tickets
Raleigh is in the heart of ACC country, and two of the conferences powerhouses will be appearing at the location this year. No 1 seeds North Carolina and Virginia will both be playing at PNC Arena. Also showing up in the location are Hampton, Texas Tech, Butler, USC, Providence, and the winner of the Florida Gulf Coast-Fairleigh Dickinson game.
Spokane NCAA Tournament Tickets
Another of the small first/second round venues, the Spokane Arena will likely be a sea of neon green when Oregon is playing there. The Ducks were a bit of a surprise as a No. 1 seed, and will look to prove the committee right in their decision. Also playing in Spokane is: Maryland, South Dakota State, California, Hawaii, Saint Joseph's, Cincinnati, and the winner of Holy Cross-Southern.
St. Louis NCAA Tournament Tickets
The least expensive location to see a first/second round NCAA Tournament game is actually the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Despite having No. 2 seeds Xavier and Michigan State, plus intriguing matchups between Dayton and Syracuse, and Wisconsin and Pittsburgh, listing prices have dropped more than 15 percent since before Selection Sunday. Also appearing in this location are Weber State and Middle Tennessee.