How To Get Tickets to the NCAA Tournament & Final Four [BUYER'S GUIDE]
NCAA Final Four Ticket Allotment
We hear all about teams punching their ticket to the Big Dance but what about fans looking to punch their own ticket to the check out the Big Dance? Who’s getting the tickets?
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Last year over 800,000 fans picked up tickets to at least one of the 63 March Madness games. There are always some empty seats for early round matchups, but you every seat in the house is always filled for the Final Four. This year fans will be battling it out for 77,000 allotted seats to the Final Four Championship games at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
How are these tickets allotted and who has the chance get their hands on tickets first?
All teams who qualify for the NCAA Tournament are given an equal amount of tickets for their school’s fans, families, and staff. These tickets are distributed 1st to player families, coaches and Athletic and University administration, 2nd to student basketball season ticket holders based on lottery and 3rd to basketball season ticket holders based on priority points. Teams are allotted 550 tickets for the round of 64 and 32 matchups. If teams advance to the round Sweet 16 and Elite 8, they are given 1,250 tickets. If teams are good enough to make it to the Final Four and Championship game, they are given 4,500 tickets.
Breaking down the Final Four
There is no official breakdown on how tickets are allotted for the Final Four but we’ve done a bit of digging to find out where every one of the 77,000 available tickets to this year’s Final Four is going.
Competing schools fans should make up around 26% of all fans in attendance with 4,500 tickets per each school, totaling 18,000 tickets.
Official NCAA lottery tickets, which require entry nearly a year in advance, should make up somewhere between 25 -30% of the stadium, up to 20,000 tickets. Enter here for 2015.
NCAA sponsors, media and personnel should make up about 10%, with 7,500 tickets.
The North Texas Organizing Committee should make up around 14%, with 10,000 tickets.
AT&T Stadium as the host venue should be allotted around 4%, with 2,800 tickets.
NCAA School Presidents and Athletic Directors and the National Association of Basketball Coaches should both make up 16% together, with 12,000 tickets.
If you’re not fortunate enough to get tickets directly from your Alma Mater, if you’re not working for the NCAA, or if you don’t hit the NCAA Tournament Ticket lottery you’re going to have to hit up the secondary ticket market to snag tickets.
Listed below are the current average ticket prices for each round of the ‘Big Dance’ on the secondary ticket market. Get ready to empty that wallet if your team goes deep.