College Basketball Ticket Information
The College Basketball season is one of the most exciting parts of the college sports year, and the tickets are typically more affordable than their football counterparts. Most college basketball conferences include round robin schedules, with each team playing every team in their division, or conference at least one time, with many conference schedules including two games against rival opponents. Often the defending National Champions will draw the highest median ticket prices, and 2015-16 is no different. The Duke Blue Devils enter the 2015-16 season after winning yet another title, and games at Cameron Indoor have reached median ticket prices of over $300
The Duke Blue Devils have been atop the highest ticket price list for multiple years running, partially due to the fantastic gameday environment in Durham. Cameron Indoor is one of the top destinations in the country to attend a college basketball game, but has a small seating capacity of just over 9,000, increasing the demand for the top seats in the venue. In the 2014-15 season, the average price to catch a Blue Devils home game came in at $450. As expected, the traditional blue blood programs make up most of the top ten highest ticket prices in college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks median ticket price at $116, Kentucky Wildcats at $77, North Carolina Tar Heels at $103, and Indiana Hosiers at $73. Teams usually in the mix for a national title run make up some of the most sought after tickets of the season. Once out of the top ten the average college basketball ticket price begins to take hold as seen in stand out teams like Michigan State, Syracuse, Arizona, and UCLA all showcasing top notch basketball for under $80.
March Madness carries a much higher price tag, but as many attendees will tell you, it’s well worth every penny. Despite conference changes, the Big East still carries the title of having the most expensive conference tournament ticket at $181, though it did drop from $211 from the previous season. With Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins bright future leading the Big 12, the conference’s tournament stood in a close second at $167 per ticket. The Pac 12 tournament featured a host of top talent in Las Vegas leaving fans with a $156 average price tag. Filling in the gaps are the ACC Tournament at $153, SEC Tournament at $144, Big Ten Tournament at $96, and the American at just under $80.
Cap off the conference tournaments with a visit to any one of the multiple NCAA Tournament locations. From some of the most impressive football stadiums around to state of the art basketball arenas, the NCAA Tournament holds no limits as to where games are played. This can be one of the most important factors to the average ticket price in the 2nd & 3rd rounds as proximity to the schools in competition will reflect attendance and in turn affect demand. In 2016 the 2nd & 3rd rounds in Anaheim range in as the highest ticket price at $395 as the neighboring UCLA and Arizona Wildcats are hoping to get top seeds in the West bracket. Once you arrive to the Final Four, location is merely just that, the location of the games. The 2015 Final Four had a median ticket price of $670 while it was much cheaper to attend the National Championship, which had a median ticket price of $365.
Ticket prices based on averages as of November 20, 2015