Ticket Lottery & More: How to Get Tickets to the Final Four
Last year over 800,000 fans picked up tickets to at least one of the 63 March Madness games. There are always some empty seats for early round matchups, but you every seat in the house is always filled for the Final Four. This year fans will be battling it out for 71,500 allotted seats to the Final Four Championship games at the NRG Stadium in Houston.
How are these tickets allotted and who has the chance get their hands on tickets first?
All teams who qualify for the NCAA Tournament are given an equal amount of tickets for their school’s fans, families, and staff. These tickets are distributed 1st to player families, coaches and Athletic and University administration, 2nd to student basketball season ticket holders based on lottery and 3rd to basketball season ticket holders based on priority points. Teams are allotted 550 tickets for the round of 64 and 32 matchups. If teams advance to the round Sweet 16 and Elite 8, they are given 1,250 tickets. If teams are good enough to make it to the Final Four and Championship game, they are given 4,500 tickets.
Breaking down the Final Four
There is no official breakdown on how tickets are allotted for the Final Four, but we’ve looked at data from the 2015 series to get an idea of how they’re doled out.
Competing schools fans should make up around 26% of all fans in attendance with 4,500 tickets per each school, totaling 18,000 tickets.
Official NCAA lottery tickets, which require entry nearly a year in advance, should make up somewhere between 25 -30% of the stadium, up to 20,000 tickets. Enter here for 2015.
NCAA sponsors, media and personnel made up about 10%, with 7,500 tickets.
The North Texas Organizing Committee made up around 14%, with 10,000 tickets.
AT&T Stadium as the host venue made up around 4%, with 2,800 tickets.
NCAA School Presidents and Athletic Directors and the National Association of Basketball Coaches should both made up 16% together, with 12,000 tickets.
If you’re not fortunate enough to get tickets directly from your Alma Mater, if you’re not working for the NCAA, or if you don’t hit the NCAA Tournament Ticket lottery you’re going to have to hit up the secondary ticket market to snag tickets.
Currently, fans are paying an average of $803 for a full strip of tickets, which gets them access to both the semifinals on Saturday and the championship game on Monday. Fans who want to buy those tickets individually are currently paying an average of $515 for the semifinals, and $455 for the championship.
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