By Dan Groob, TiqIQ
It has been exactly 20 years to the day since Chris Webber’s infamous timeout-that-wasn’t quite possibly cost the University of Michigan Wolverines the 1993 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
Fast forward to tomorrow and the Curse of Chris becomes at least partially lifted, as the Wolverines will be making their first Final Four appearance since Webber’s ill-advised decision to trap himself in the corner and call for timeout with none remaining.
Tomorrow evening’s contest against the Syracuse Orange will mark the first time in NCAA history that two four seeds have faced each other. But these two teams are most certainly not your average four seeds. Both squads spent a majority of the season ranked among the top 10 teams nationally, with Syracuse ranking as high as No. 3, and Michigan even reaching No. 1 for a short while.
Although both the Wolverines and Orange dropped a few games down the stretch leading to their respective under-seeding, there is no question now that they are among the very best teams in the country. In fact, this season proves as well as any that records, rankings, and seeding don’t mean nearly as much as level of competition and being battle tested. While Gonzaga finished the regular season with the best record in college basketball at 31-2, Michigan and Syracuse lost 7 and 9 tough fought games, respectively, and used the experience to win some tough ones in the tournament when it counts.
Because Michigan carries such a large and devoted fan base that hasn’t seen their team in a Final Four in two decades, demand has absolutely skyrocket for tickets in Atlanta. Also contributing to elevated demand is the relatively close proximity for the basketball-crazy fans of Louisville, the large fan base of Syracuse, and the Cinderella/one-time appeal of Wichita State as well. Add it all up and you have the most expensive average NCAA semifinals ticket price of the past three years according to TiqIQ, checking in at $801.35 dollars. Simply getting in the door will set fans back $312 dollars a pop.
Final Four Semifinal Games
- Average price = $801.35
- Get-in price = $312
As has historically been the case, the price for a one game championship ticket is slightly less expensive than a two game semis ticket, at an average of $502 dollars. But with get-in prices of $312 for the semis and $124 for the championship, fans are almost certainly better off purchasing an All-Sessions pass. One of these passes to all three games currently carries an average price of $1,006 dollars, representing a 23% discount to purchasing both tickets individually. The cheapest available All-Sessions pass prices at just $330 dollars—barely above the get-in price for the semis alone.
- Average price = $1,006.28
- Get-in price = $330
- Average price = $502.09
- Get-in price = $124
For the fan who really wants to get the full NCAA-experience, Final Four tickets are also available for the Official NCAA Mens Final Four ELITE Hospitality program. The hospitality program takes place for three and a half hours prior to both Saturday’s and Monday’s games, and is a celebration of Atlanta, southern culture, and the Final Four. Hosted by John Salley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the hospitality program features an open bar, live music, and plenty of ATL BBQ.
- Average price = $1,103.83
- Get-in price = $447