NCAA semifinals ticket prices nearly double

NCAA semifinals ticket prices nearly double

NCAA semifinals ticket prices nearly double

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by Abby Ellin

ABC NEWS

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM

(ABC NEWS) -- According to TiqIQ, a secondary ticket aggregator, tickets for this year’s NCAA Tournament semifinals in Atlanta have jumped 90.92 percent over last year, to a whopping $942.01 per ticket.

In 2012, the average price per semifinal ticket was a mere $494.41 (Kentucky v Louisville/OSU v Kansas), up from $336.77 (Butler v VCU/UCONN v Kentucky) in 2011.

The average prices for the championship games are up 50.26 percent from 2012, from $300.95 a year ago to $452.21 today.

Why so expensive?

“There’s one pretty big match-up, Syracuse versus Michigan, that’s driving the price high for this year,” Chris Matcovich, vice president of Data & Communications at TiqIQ said.  ”Syracuse has a pretty loyal following in terms of basketball. Though Michigan hasn’t been great in the recent past, they have filled up their program and are now competing in the Final Four.”

If that sounds a little excessive, no worries: The current get-in price for the championship–that’s the lowest price you could possibly pay– is a mere $106, a much better deal than the $324 for the semifinals.

“The semifinals are always more expensive because you’re getting two games for the price of one,” Matcovich said.

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