NCAA TOURNAMENT ASSIST
I’m putting some serious thought into going to Tulsa and/or KC for the games this year. They are both just a few hours away, so it seems like a great opportunity and I’v never been to a NCAA Tourney Game.
So, does anybody have any experience, or advice on securing tickets to these events?
Obviously, I can just go to ticketmaster, or whatever, but I’m wondering if there is an alternative strategy people have used in the past to get better bang for buck?
Thanks in advance.
Normally the second round in a location is cheaper. Fans of teams that lose sell their tickets for the next session. Try to find someone going to the first game/third game and give them some money and ask them to find you some tickets of the team that just lost. Of course that will be tougher for the KC games because if we’re playing in the elite 8 then our fans will create a sellers market.
Several years ago the regional final game nearby in New Orleans had tickets for 10 bucks.
@brooksmd got me tickets for the national championship game in 2012 for 50 bucks a piece. He found some fans whose team just lost and bought them for me.
I would suggest going to Tulsa because there will be seller’s for the round of 32 games and you can probably get a better deal. Tickets in KC will be tough to get without spending a fortune if you don’t already have them.
Check multiple third party vendors (not just Ticketmaster, but StubHub and Tickets for Less). You may find a deal. I think all three sites let you set up alerts for ticket prices and availability. This will save you some time so you don’t have to check the sites every day.
@justanotherfan on the tulsa comment, do you just stand outside and look for a seller? is that the ‘market’ you are referring to for the round of 32?
@Blown Be careful of fakes.
I was more referring to the secondary ticket market. I would be very careful of buying outside the arena because you have no assurance of real tickets, as @mayjay correctly points out. Plus, when paying with cash, if you’re out the money, there’s not a lot you can do to get that money back.
The third party sites offer guarantees, and most credit cards also have fraud protection against fake tickets, so you’re in good shape to not lose any money if you buy from a site vs. buying from a stranger outside the arena.