The 2011 NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament begins in just three months. While most fans sitting court-side in the first 8 rows will shell out lots of cash for their tickets, you don’t have to. Currently, March Madness 2011 sweet sixteen tickets in that area are going for $800 on ticket reseller sites like Stubhub and Ticket Networks. You don’t even need a dime to snatch those prime seats, just two important qualities – patience and humility. Let me explain.
First of all, getting a cheap ticket into a March Madness game requires some patience. Lower level tickets will go to booster club members of the hosting team as well as the college basketball teams coming to March Madness in 2011. The worst upper level tickets are sold at the same price to local fans (if you think the BCS is messed up, try having the NCAA explain why they sell floor seats and rafter seats for the same price). Since you probably don’t have access to the booster tickets, don’t buy tickets on the initial sale at the top like my friend did. The week prior to the game the price of nosebleed tickets will drop faster than LeBron’sapproval rating did. The resale value of March Madness 2011 tickets will follow a free market rather than a communistic one the NCAA sold under.
By having patience, those nosebleed seats will drop to $50 or so the week of the game. Last year I took my son and his friend to the March Madness West regional sweet sixteen. We watched the Butler Bulldogs upset the Syracuse Orange from the upper level. With about 3 minutes left in the game we worked our way down during time outs to the lower level portal by the Syracuse basketball fans. All I had left to do was show a small bit of humility and ask the gracious exiting Syracuse basketball fans for their ticket stub. In no time we scored 5 lower level tickets to use for the next game between Kansas St. and Xavier. Three of those tickets were on the 8th row behind Xavier’s bench! The other two were on the 21st row and I called my friend in the rafters and gave them to him and he bought the two boys ice cream for all their work.
Avid college basketball fans will recall our incredible $800 seats were to THE classic game of March Madness last year. The Xavier and Kansas St. basketball game went to double overtime. We were 8 rows from where Jordan Crawford drilled a 35 foot shot to put the game into double OT. Sometimes lasting memories with our children don’t have to cost us a dime.