NCAA Tournament 2018: Gonzaga headlines West region

Short of a having a hometown team, the West Regional is likely happy to be hosting Washington State’s basketball pride and joy, Gonzaga. When the Los Angeles Regional tips off at Staples Center on Thursday, the No. 4 Bulldogs will face top-ranked Gonzaga for a second consecutive shot at a spot in the Elite Eight.

The four NCAA Regionals on tap for later this week have generated enough interest to make the average asking price for tickets on the secondary market the second-highest of the decade, according to TicketIQ, a secondary marketplace with data from hundreds of secondary sites, including the official NCAA ticket exchange, powered by Primesport. At an average asking price of $432 as of Monday, only last year’s regionals, at $465, were more expensive.

The highest asking price on the secondary market for a regional this year is $631 for the Midwest Regional in Omaha. That region, which features Kansas, is the second most expensive regional of the decade behind last year’s Midwest Regional at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. Tickets for that regional on the secondary market settled at $652.

The average asking price on the secondary market for a West Regional ticket is the second highest this year at $434 as of Monday, and the seventh most expensive since TicketIQ began tracking data in 2011.

Data from the TicketIQ blog shows the average asking price on the secondary market for the Final Four is $804 and the national championship is $627 – the third highest of the decade. Those prices are up more than 10% over the first week of March Madness.

West Regional, Los Angeles: Average Price $434; Cheapest Ticket $130

No. 1-seeded Xavier, considered the weakest of all the top seeds, is still alive, but the draw for West Coast fans will be No. 4 Gonzaga, the 2017 runner-up. Zags’ fans traveled in droves to the last year’s Final Four, according to the Spokane Spokesman-Review, and the trip to L.A. is similar, so if any team besides No. 3 Michigan (which traditionally travels well) is going to have a home-team crowd, it will be Gonzaga.

Final Four, San Antonio:  Average Price $804; Cheapest Ticket $194

Championship Game, San Antonio: Average Price $627; Cheapest Ticket $182

For fans looking to make the trip to San Antonio if their team advances, ticket prices are up more than 10% over the first week of March Madness. While the first week was filled with upsets like never before, there are still some very big schools that travel well in the mix, including Michigan, Duke, Syracuse and Kansas.  While they don’t have the basketball pedigree of those

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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