Ticket Prices Plummet for National Championship Game After Duke, Krzyzewski Bounced at Final Four
Chris Graythen/Getty Images. Pictured: Fans cheer on Duke and North Carolina inside the Caesars Superdome.
With five minutes left in Saturday’s NCAA men’s National Semifinal game between Duke and North Carolina — and the Blue Devils favored to win — the get-in price for Monday’s championship for a matchup against Kansas stood at around $130 per ticket.
However, minutes after North Carolina won, ending Duke’s season and head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s storied career, the price plummeted by more than half that cost.
By the time Sunday afternoon rolled around, tickets were posted — and sold for — as little as $36 a seat.
This is an incredible deal for Kansas or UNC fans looking to watch their team in the big game,” said TickPick spokesman Kyle Zorn. “You can sit in the 100 level for less than $300.”
The $36 is the cheapest ticket that TickPick has sold for any men’s NCAA basketball final since the no fee, secondary ticketing site started selling them in 2014.
The previous low? The 2016 final between Villanova and UNC. At least a couple tickets sold for $41 each.
“Sure UNC has tradition, but when Duke didn’t win the casual fan decided they didn’t want to be there any more,” said one ticket broker who preferred to remain anonymous.
Playing in a huge football stadium like the Caesars Superdome certainly plays a major factor. There are 74,000 seats available for the championship.
The women’s final is being played Sunday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis, which has fewer than 18,000 seats. TickPick’s lowest get-in price to that game? Only $67.