NCAA men's Final Four ticket prices are dropping: What to know about going to the championship games
The Final Four is set, as San Diego State, Florida Atlantic, Miami (Fla.) and Connecticut will make their way to NRG Stadium in Houston with hopes of winning a national championship.
It's the third time the event will be in the stadium that's home to the NFL's Houston Texans and it marks the 26th consecutive Final Four in a domed stadium.
The seating capacity for the Final Four this year will be over 71,000, allowing many fans a chance to experience college basketball's biggest event.
Now that we know which team will be playing for the title, ticket prices have adjusted accordingly. Tickets for the games have been on sale since before the tournament started, but they have dropped since the start of the Elite Eight.
Here's what to know about Final Four tickets:
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How much do Final Four tickets cost?
You could spend less than $100 on your ticket, depending on which game or games you go to.
There are different ways you can buy tickets for the Final Four; a semifinal pass – tickets to both Final Four games – or the all-session ticket – tickets to both Final Four games and the national championship game.
Tickets located close to the court or near the half-court line will typically be the most expensive tickets, TicketSmarter says.
The average ticket price for an all-session ticket is $844, according to TickPick, a near $800 drop from when the Elite Eight began.
How much does the cheapest Final Four ticket cost?
For semifinal tickets, the cheapest ticket can be found on Ticketmaster for $50, $59 with fees. Prices have continued to drop since the end of the Elite Eight.
Here are the cheapest tickets for the semifinal games on on the secondary market, as of Monday:
TicketSmarter: $65 ($84 with fees).
StubHub: $53 ($66 with fees).
Ticketmaster: $50 ($59 with fees).
SeatGeek: $59 ($85 with fees).
Vivid Seats: $60 (prices with fees unavailable).
TickPick: $76 with fees.
For all session tickets, the cheapest ticket can be found on StubHub for $90, totaling $112 with fees. Here are the cheapest tickets for all-session on on the secondary market:
TicketSmarter: $104 ($134 with fees).
StubHub: $90 ($112 with fees).
Ticketmaster: $122 ($150 with fees).
SeatGeek: $91 ($128 with fees).
Vivid Seats: $89 (prices with fees unavailable).
TickPick: $116 with fees.
How much do national championship game tickets cost?
Tickets for the men's basketball national title game are the cheapest of any session at the Final Four this year.
The cheapest ticket to the national championship game is $44 on StubHub, which is $55 with fees, as prices have continued to drop since the tournament began. Here are the cheapest tickets for the title game on the secondary market:
TicketSmarter: $66 ($85 with fees).
StubHub: $44 ($55 with fees).
Ticketmaster: $48 ($58 with fees).
SeatGeek: $54 ($78 with fees).
Vivid Seats: $52 (prices with fees unavailable).
TickPick: $68 with fees.
Will Final Four tickets get cheaper or more expensive?
Ticket prices have continued to drop since the Final Four field was set, likely because none of the teams are considered "blue bloods," and have smaller fan bases than previous Final Four qualifiers.
"There are many variables that affect the ticket prices," TicketSmarter says. "The location of the games, the number of games you wish to attend, the popularity of the teams playing, seating capacity and seat location are all factors that are taken into consideration."
Adam Budelli, spokesperson for StubHub, advises people interested in going to the Final Four to check the secondary market throughout the tournament, especially the week leading up to the Final Four.
"The NCAA is the most dynamic sporting event for tickets because of the number of games, early team exits, upsets, city destinations and short timeframe before the next round," Budelli said in a statement to USA TODAY. "The good news is that fans can find good prices if they pay attention to the market."
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 2023 Final Four tickets: Prices down for men's NCAA basketball semis