Kentucky fans make Midwest Regionals most expensive NCAA tournament ticket

Kentucky fans make Midwest Regionals most expensive NCAA tournament ticket

(WOIO) - This week, fans are paying an average of $646 for a full strip (a ticket to all three games) to the

, making it the second-most expensive regional in the last five years of the NCAA tournament, according to

, an expansive online ticket search engine. The most expensive remains the 2014 East Regionals at Madison Square Garden in New York City for an average price of $676. The cheapest full strip you can find right now is $399, while a third-row full strip at center court in Section 125 will cost you $2,268!

Here's how the Midwest Regionals stack up against others across the country by average full strip price. It's more than twice as expensive as the South Regionals in Houston and more than three times as expensive as the East Regionals in Syracuse.

o Midwest Regionals (Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland): $646

o West Regionals (Staples Center in Los Angeles): $440

o South Regionals (NRG Stadium in Houston): $303

o East Regionals (Carrier Dome in Syracuse): $203

Demand for the regionals is largely driven by proximity of the schools involved to the host city. University of Kentucky (331 miles), West Virginia University (199 miles), University of Notre Dame (255 miles) and Wichita State University (991 miles) are a combined total of 1,776 miles from Cleveland, by far the lowest total of the four regionals. Kentucky, West Virginia and Notre Dame are all closer to Cleveland than any other school in the Sweet 16 is to its host city for the regionals.

o Midwest: 1,776 combined miles

o East: 3,195 combined miles

o South: 6,311 combined miles

o West: 7,160  combined miles

Among out-of-state buyers, Kentuckians are leading the way, having purchased 15 percent of the Midwest Regional tickets that have sold on the secondary market. West Virginians have purchased the second-most tickets from out of state at 10 percent. Ohioans account for 32 percent of resales.

Tickets for the Sweet 16 doubleheader in Cleveland on Thursday are selling for an average of $325 on the secondary market, with the cheapest seats listed at $210 each. Tickets for the Elite Eight on Saturday are going for $304 on average and start at $159.

Notre Dame and Wichita will tip off at 7:15 p.m. Kentucky and West Virginia will tip off about 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. 

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