Scottrade Center Is Cheapest Venue for 2016 NCAA Tournament Tickets During First Two Rounds
Selection Sunday has come and gone, and the 2016 NCAA Tournament will officially commence with the First Four games in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday night. Eight teams will contend for an official spot in this year’s Men’s tournament before first round action kicks off Thursday afternoon. East and Midwest regional games will hit Scottrade Center in St. Louis between Friday and Sunday, and despite No. 2 seeds Xavier and Michigan State in the mix, NCAA Tournament tickets at Scottrade Center are the cheapest among the first two rounds of play.
According to TiqIQ, an All Sessions Pass at Scottrade Center, which honors access to all three games on Thursday and Sunday, owns an average resale price of $479.35. That is 4.2% cheaper than the next least expensive All Sessions pass on average during the first two rounds, which comes at Chesapeake Energy Arena for a trio of West Regional games ($484.65). The most expensive All Sessions pass on average during the first two rounds will be at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines ($1,954.87), which sets to host No. 1 overall seed Kansas and additional seat-filling teams like Kentucky, Indiana and Connecticut.
Dayton and Syracuse will get things started in St. Louis on Friday followed by a mid-afternoon matchup between Michigan State and Middle Tennessee State University. Being dubbed “Session 1”, it will be the cheapest individual session at Scottrade Center with tickets averaging $123.01 on the secondary market. If looking just to get in, the cheapest ticket for entry to both games is $55.
For those traveling from out-of-town to check out the games, saving big won’t end with ticket prices. A quick overlook on Hipmunk.com shows an array of flight and hotel options available that won’t break the bank. Flights to St. Louis are available from anywhere in the country. St. Louis hotels on Hipmunk start from just $50 per night this weekend.
Friday night will welcome a first round matchup between Wisconsin and Pittsburgh followed by the nightcap between Weber State and Xavier. As it stands now, the average secondary market price for Session 2 tickets at Scottrade Center is $132.26 and the get-in price for both games starts at $48.
A pair of second round games between the winners of the previous four games will be held in St. Louis on Sunday. It will be the most expensive single session at Scottrade Center during the tournament, with tickets currently averaging $169.27 and the get-in price listed from $80.