Ticket Demand for Syracuse – Virginia ACC Basketball Game

The tables have turned in the ACC over the last week, and the regular season title will be on the line during Saturday’s game between No. 4 Syracuse and No. 7 Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. While Syracuse got off to a perfect start in their first ACC campaign, two losses in their last three games have dropped them behind the surprising Wahoos in the conference standings.

A victory by Virginia at home would clinch the regular season crown for the unlikely Cavaliers, currently riding a 12-game win streak and recent win over Miami to surge ahead of the two-loss Orange. Although Virginia is more-often linked to success on the lacrosse field rather than the hardwood, this rare late-season potential has fans at one of America’s most distinguished universities demanding basketball tickets a record level. The average ticket price has more than quadrupled in the past month, jumping from $79 per ticket on Jan. 26 to $339 over the last 24 hours. March Madness isn’t far off, and things are getting crazy in Cavaliers country.

Syracuse Orange vs. Virginia Cavaliers Basketball Tickets

Tickets to Virginia-Syracuse are selling for more than the cost of a full-price season ticket package in each respective seating area at John Paul Jones Arena. Upper-level season tickets started at $168, and now the cheapest seat available on the secondary market for Saturday’s game is listed at $250. Lower-level seats, which were sold for $444 each in season ticket packages, start at $492 for Syracuse’s first visit to UVA as a conference rival.

Saturday’s game is the most in-demand Cavaliers home game ever and more than 3.5x as expensive as the previous high (vs. UNC on February 25, 2012, $92 average). It’s also the most expensive ticket we’ve ever recorded in the state of Virginia, topping the May 24, 2012, One Direction concert at the Patriot Center at George Mason University, which drew an average ticket price of $271 on the secondary market. Overall, the average ticket price for an UVA home game this season in Charlottesville has been $66. The Notre Dame game on February 22 drew an average of $73 per ticket on the resale market, but tickets to most other conference home games went for between $35-$55.

Syracuse at Virginia Average Ticket Prices

After peaking a week ago, the average ticket price for Syracuse-Virginia has fallen thanks to the Orange's two losses.

The average ticket price for Virginia-Syracuse peaked the day after Syracuse lost its first game of the season at Boston College last Wednesday, hitting an average of $420. But since UVA defeated Miami last night, giving the Cavaliers the opportunity to clinch the ACC regular season title with a win on Saturday, the “get-in” price for this weekend has jumped 25% from $199 to $250. Over the past three weeks, no Syracuse-Virginia tickets have sold on the secondary market for less than $100; this week, none have gone for less than $130. On the high end, we’ve seen some fans spend more than $1,500 per ticket on courtside seats.

ACC Regular Season Championship

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