South Regional Cheapest Among Sweet 16 Secondary Tix
March is almost over, and we’ve whittled down potential NCAA tourney winners to sixteen aspiring teams. Tonight marks the South Regional, with Miami taking on Villanova and Kansas taking on Maryland at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, plus the West Regional which you can read about here.
Currently fans looking to attend tonight’s Sweet 16 games are paying an average of $112 on the secondary market, while fans looking to attend the Elite 8 game are paying an average of $170 on the secondary market.
It seems as though fans of the Terps and Jayhawks are most interested in making the trip to Louisville, KY, with 7.5 percent of shoppers coming from Maryland and 6.5 percent of shoppers coming from Kansas.
The South Region is currently far less expensive than the East, West and Midwest regions, despite having the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, Kansas. The average price of a Sweet 16 ticket in this region is $112, which is actually cheaper than some of the first and second round sessions.
March Madness South Regional Tickets
Currently tickets for the Sweet 16 game start at just $28. Interestingly, the South Region is the only region where the Elite 8 game is more expensive, as it currently has an average resale price of $170. While the Sweet 16 session costs $112 in Louisville, it’s over three times that price in the East ($362). The Midwest and West, while lower, is averaging $272 and $271, respectively.
Despite the games being played in Louisville, fans in Kentucky only make up 14.5 percent of those looking for tickets on our site. Maryland is the next highest with 7.5 percent, followed by Ohio and Illinois, with 7 percent each. Kansas makes up 6.5 percent, while Pennsylvania makes up 5 percent.
The NCAA Tournament had first and second round games in Louisville last year and in 2012, and both times Kentucky played at the venue. Despite being earlier round games, the price were actually higher, with the 2012 Second Round session having an average resale price of $238, and the 2015 Second Round session having an average resale price of $198.
While Final Four ticket sales have not picked up too much yet, currently the average resale price of a ticket to the semifinals is $483, and a ticket to the championship is $516. However, ticket prices for both events currently start at less than $200 each.
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