As the 2016 Final Four inches closer, the secondary ticket market has flourished with passes for the national semifinals and championship games reaching as ranging from $4,000 to as low as $100 for Saturday and Monday’s matchups.
According to data provided by secondary ticket site StubHub, the average ticket for Saturday’s two national semifinals in Houston, featuring the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels against the No. 10 Syracuse Orange and the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners versus the No. 2 Villanova Wildcats, is going for $528. The range is falling between the low end of $170 to $4,255.
Each of those tickets would allow fans to attend both semifinals and represent a better deal than just attending the national title game on Monday night. The average pass for the national title game is $411, with the current range set at $107 to $2,659.
With Houston serving as host city, the state of Texas is by far the biggest ticket buyer this year with 35 percent for the national semifinals and 47 percent for the championship. New York is next up at 16 percent for the semifinals, and Georgia’s second behind texas at 13 percent for the championship.
Ticket buyers know who they will see in the semifinals, but the championship game obviously remains in the air. However, odds makers seem to have a good idea of who will square off for 2016’s title.
North Carolina’s held steady as a 9.5-point favorite over Syracuse, while Villanova’s line has improved from a 1.5-point favorite over Oklahoma to two points.
The odds are heavily in North Carolina’s favor to not only beat Syracuse in the national semifinal, but take the national championship no matter who they face. The Tar Heels are 5/7 favorites to win it all, compared to Villanova’s 165 odds, Oklahoma’s 7/2 chances and Syracuse at 12/1, according to VegasInsider.com.