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SBD/March 29, 2011/Colleges
NCAA Men's Final Four Ticket Demand Not As High Now That Field Is Set
Published March 29, 2011
BULLDOG FEVER: In Indianapolis, Dan McFeely reports Dallas-based Anthony Travel is "handling all the official ticket packages" for Butler fans "who want to stay at the official Butler fan hotel: the InterContinental Houston." Ticket packages that included a "charter flight, hotel and tickets were selling for as much as $2,835." Anthony Travel Marketing Manager Joe Wunderlick: "We've sold over 475 travel packages, and we are getting close to our milestone of 500." McFeely notes Butler students also are "doing their part." Students yesterday at 1:00pm ET "were able to log on to a secure campus website and order a ticket for just $25 a pop." There "were 800 tickets available, but 2,600 students tried to log on at once -- effectively crashing the system, which had to be rebooted at 1:30" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 3/29).
WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR ON PACE FOR SELLOUT: In Indianapolis, Phillip Wilson reports the NCAA women's Final Four is "expected to sell out 18,459-seat Conseco Fieldhouse by this weekend." NCAA Associate Dir of D-I Women's Basketball Rick Nixon said that "about 2,500 seats remained late last week, and some were sold after teams reached the regional finals." StubHub's Ferrer said that the "average price paid for all-session tickets to the women's Final Four is $315, or roughly half of the $631 average price for the men's event in Houston." Ferrer: "There's a limited market, more on the high end" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 3/29).