March Madness is here and this year the Men’s Final Four will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston.
It is the third time the event has been held at the stadium that is home to the NFL’s Houston Texans and marks the 26th consecutive Final Four at a dome stadium.
Seating capacity for this year’s Final Four will be over 71,000, giving many fans the opportunity to experience college basketball’s biggest event.
Tickets for the games are already on sale, but they can be cheaper – or more expensive – depending on when the tickets are bought.
Here’s what you should know about Final Four tickets:
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How much do Final Four tickets cost?
Be prepared to spend at least hundreds of dollars on each of the three games.
There are different ways to buy tickets for the Final Four; a semi-final pass – tickets to both Final Four games – or the all-session ticket – tickets to both Final Four games and the national championship game.
TicketSmarter says All-session tickets are available for as little as $550-$650 as the games get closer, and championship game tickets are typically over $500. Tickets that are near the court or near the half-court line tend to be the most expensive tickets, TicketSmarter says.
The average ticket price for an all-session ticket is 1,658, according to TickPick.
How much is the cheapest Final Four ticket?
For semi-finals only tickets, the cheapest tickets are available from Ticketmaster for $200, with the cost starting at $235 with fees. The prizes have gone down since the tournament started.
Here are the cheapest tickets for the semifinals on the secondary market:
For all session tickets, you can find the cheapest ticket on TickPick for $413 including fees. Here are the cheapest tickets for all sessions on the secondary market:
How much do national championship match tickets cost?
Tickets for the men’s national basketball title game cost more than the Final Four, but not as much as the all-session pass.
The cheapest ticket for the national championship game is $207 at TickPick, including fees, as prices have continued to drop since the tournament began. Here are the cheapest tickets for the title game on the secondary market:
Are Final Four tickets getting cheaper or more expensive?
While it’s unknown who the final four teams will be, tickets are likely to only get more expensive once tournament play begins.
“There are many variables that affect ticket prices,” says TicketSmarter. “The location of the games, the number of games you want to attend, the popularity of the teams playing, the seating capacity and the seat are all factors that are taken into account.”
As the tournament progressed and people began to get an idea of who might be in the Final Four, demand could increase and ticket prices tend to increase as well.
Adam Budelli, spokesman for StubHub, advises those interested in going to the Final Four to check the secondary market throughout the tournament.
“The NCAA is the most dynamic sporting event for tickets due to the number of games, early team eliminations, upsets, city goals 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.”
Gannett has a partnership with TicketSmarter, which gives readers access to tickets across Gannett’s websites, including USA TODAY.com.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NCAA Final Four Tickets: This is how much seats at the Final Four cost
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