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 but with as the 2016-17 season approaches the 2015 Champions Duke Blue Devils, still maintain the highest ticket average with $380. The 2016 National Champions, Villanova has seen a considerable 99% increase in ticket prices reaching a $100 average.
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 $121, Kentucky Wildcats at $94, North Carolina Tar Heels at $94, and Indiana Hosiers at $76. 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 standout teams like Michigan State, Oregon, Xavier, and Wisconsin 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. The South Regional Tournament carries the title of having the most expensive conference tournament ticket at $515. The PAC 12 conference’s tournament stood in a close second at an average $486 per ticket. The Big East Tournament dropped from the most expensive conference tournament ticket at $295, though it is still experienced a large increase from last year’s average ticket price at $181. Filling in the gaps are the Midwest Regional Tournament at $286 and the West Regional Tournament at just under $275.
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. Once you arrive at the Final Four, location is merely just that, the location of the games. The 2015 Final Four had a median ticket price of $411 while it was much cheaper to attend the National Championship, which had a median ticket price of $269.
Ticket prices based on averages as of November 8, 2016