By Expedia Team, on February 14, 2023

Your Guide to NCAA Basketball Tournament Tickets

During the month of March, a certain type of madness breaks out on basketball courts and in homes across the country as fans root for their favorite teams during the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Between defending champions and unexpected Cinderella sweeps, this single-elimination competition promises plenty of excitement. Watch the sweat fly and hear the Jordans squeak when you experience this insanity live with 2023 NCAA basketball tournament tickets.

If you’re wondering how to score cheap college basketball tournament tickets or when to buy tickets to see the final four teams play, we’ve got you covered. From watching the first four teams in Dayton, to the final buzzer beater in Houston, here’s your guide to buying NCAA Basketball Tournament tickets for 2023.

When to Buy Cheap 2023 NCAA Tournament Tickets

If you buy your NCAA tournament tickets before teams are selected on Sunday, March 12, you won’t know who will be playing or where. But if you live near one of the host stadiums or just want to watch some exciting college basketball, then you can save money by purchasing your tickets early.

Once the eliminations begin, and the next matchups are announced, prices can skyrocket. Duke basketball tickets are always hot items, but you never know which Cinderella team might bring fire to the court. Ticket prices can dip again as you get closer to tip-off, but it’s never a guarantee.

When to Buy Your 2023 Final Four Tickets

As the tournament progresses, it gets harder to find cheap tickets to watch the final four teams play. So, you can test your prediction abilities and buy tickets blind or expect to pay more to ensure you get to watch your favorite college compete. But, let’s face it, when it gets down to the semifinals and championship game, you know it’s going to be good no matter whose mascot is dancing on the sidelines. 

How Do NCAA Tournament Tickets Work?

You have several options when buying college basketball tickets. Figuring out how many games you want to watch can help you determine which type to get.

  • Session Tickets: With a Session Ticket, you get admission to 2 basketball games at 1 venue.
  • All Session Tickets: With All Session Tickets (also called Full Strip Tickets), you get admission to all 6 games played at 1 tournament location.
  • Final Four Tickets: You can buy tickets to individual games or get All Session Tickets to watch the best-of-the-best shoot it out on the court during both the semifinal games and the NCAA Basketball National Championship.

College basketball player taking a shot at the hoop

What Are the 2023 NCAA Basketball Tournament Locations?›I

The dance begins as the first four teams square off at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio on March 14 and 15. Then, the mayhem continues across the country during the first and second rounds spanning March 16-19. As the field narrows, each region dukes (or dunks) it out before sending the final four teams to compete in Houston, TX at NRG Stadium between April 1 and 3 for the 2023 NCAA National Championship.

First Four March 14 & 15 Dayton, OH University of Dayton 
1st & 2nd Round March 16 & 18 Orlando, FL Amway Center 
1st & 2nd Round March 16 & 18 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at The BJCC 
1st & 2nd Round March 16 & 18 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center 
1st & 2nd Round March 16 & 18 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena 
1st & 2nd Round March 17 & 19 Albany, NY MVP Arena 
1st & 2nd Round March 17 & 19 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena 
1st & 2nd Round March 17 & 19 Denver, CO Ball Arena 
1st & 2nd Round March 17 & 19 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum 
West Regional March 23 & 25 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena 
East Regional March 23 & 25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden 
Midwest RegionalMarch 24 & 26Kansas City, MOT-Mobile Center
South RegionalMarch 24 & 26Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center
Final FourApril 1 & 3Houston, TXNRG Stadium


Where to Buy College Basketball Tickets?

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As one of the most electrifying events in sports, tickets to the 2023 NCAA Basketball Tournament are in high demand. There is nothing quite like seeing your favorite college team score a winning 3-point shot in person, so start planning your ultimate basketball experience now.