The 2021 NCAA Tournament is fast approaching. As any semi-casual or die hard college basketball fan can attest, March Madness is by far one of the most exciting times of the year to be a sports fan. This year will be a bit different due to Covid-19, which has prompted the NCAA to have the entire men’s tournament this year be held in Indianapolis at a number of different venues.
Having the tournament occur in one centralized location rather than all throughout different regions of the country as it does in a normal year will greatly reduces the travel and risks associated with it for teams, employees, and fans alike.
Fans can expect tickets for this year’s tournament to be in high demand, as always, which prompts the question: how can you get cheap 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tickets?
Where Will the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Be Held?
This year’s tournament to determine college basketball’s NCAA Division 1 champion will be held entirely in Indianapolis, Indiana. The games will take place at six different venues in Indy, which as part of the Hoosier State has plenty of notable college hoops teams in the area.
The NCAA Tournament venues for 2021 will be Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts; Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers; Hinkle Fieldhouse, where the Butler Bulldogs play; Indiana Farmers Coliseum, home of the IUPUI Jaguars; Mackey Arena, home of the Purdue Boilermakers; and Assembly Hall, home of the Indiana Hoosiers.
The entirety of the Final Four including the NCAA Championship Game will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium.
When is Selection Sunday in 2021?
Selection Sunday for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be March 14th at 6 PM. This is the television broadcast that lets college hoops fans know what their college team’s seed is, when their team will play, what time they’ll play, who their opponent will be, what “region” their team will be, and more.
Bear in mind that due to the fact that the entire tournament will be held in Indianapolis, there won’t be any traditional regions based on geographical location in 2021. Short of schools that are located close to Indy itself, there won’t be many true home team advantage this year as there is in any other normal year.
When Is the 2021 NCAA Tournament?
- First Four — 4 PM. start on Thursday, March 18
- First round — 12 PM start on Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20
- Second round — 12 PM start on Sunday, March 21, and Monday, March 22
- Sweet 16 — 2 PM start on Saturday, March 27, and 1 p.m. start on Sunday, March 28
- Elite Eight — 7 PM start on Monday, March 29, and 6 p.m. start on Tuesday, March 30
- Final Four — 5 PM start on Saturday, April 3
- NCAA Championship Game — 9 PM Monday, April 5
Will Fans Be Allowed to Attend the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament?
The NCAA has officially announced that the fan capacity for the NCAA Tournament will be 25% for all venues. Fans will be sitting in pods that enable social distancing and safety within the aforementioned six tourney venues.
The attendance capacities for fans for each of the tournament’s venues is as follows:
- Assembly Hall Normal capacity: 17,462 | NCAA Tournament capacity: ~4,365 fans
- Bankers Life Fieldhouse capacity: 17,923 | NCAA Tournament capacity: ~4,480 fans
- Hinkle Fieldhouse capacity: 9,100 | NCAA Tournament capacity: ~2,275 fans
- Indiana Farmers Coliseum capacity: 6,800 | NCAA Tournament capacity: ~1,700 fans
- Lucas Oil Stadium capacity: ~70,000 | NCAA Final Four capacity: ~17,500 fans
- Mackey Arena capacity: 14,804 | NCAA Tournament capacity: ~3,700 fans
We’d imagine that there will be at least that many fans allowed for Final Four and the Championship Game come April, if not more.
How To Get NCAA Tournament Tickets
With these being the biggest games of the year with the highest stakes, prices will likely not come cheap; however, if you’re looking for cheaper tickets for March Madness in 2021, you’ll want to do your research on sites like ours before securing your tickets. Below are a few options you have of securing your tickets as early as right now and as cheap as possible.
Official Vendor – As the official NCAA Championship vendor, Ticketmaster is where NCAA Tournament tickets first go on sale. We’ll post more ticket information including on sale dates as it becomes available so you can catch your team this spring.
Bidding – One opportunity to secure cheaper tickets for the 2021 NCAA Tournament would be to utilize TickPick’s bidding platform, which allows a user to bid on tickets in certain sections or seat ratings at their price. If a seller with tickets for the basketball game elects to accept the bid, the bidder’s card is charged and the order processes like any other transaction at the bidder’s price. For more information on how to take advantage of the bidding option, view our bidding tutorial.
If you weren’t able to secure March Madness tickets through any presales, general sales, or the aforementioned methods to see your team at the NCAA Tournament, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Tickets can still be purchased from secondary marketplaces, although the prices will not be at face value. With many big-time college basketball schools with huge fan bases involved, market prices are anticipated to be on the higher side, but that doesn’t mean that good deals can’t be had – if you know where to look.
Where to Buy NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Tickets
In short, securing your NCAA Tournament tickets through TickPick over any other secondary ticket marketplace is a way to save money because of our no fee pricing structure that makes a much bigger difference on the ticket price of seats as get-in prices for an event like this get higher. TickPick has had an extreme increase in sales for major events like the Super Bowl and Final Four in recent years because fans out there tend to do research when they’re willing to commit hundreds or thousands of dollars to see their team make a run at the men’s basketball championship.
When a fan is looking to purchase a ticket that is listed on both StubHub and TickPick, for example, the price will almost always be higher (sometimes by hundreds of dollars) once the fees are added by our major competitor, who tacks on the fees at the end. These savings only extrapolate as the prices per ticket increase, so the research before making your decision in order to save big, and this may become more useful as each round progresses and prices begin to increase. If you’re looking to make it out to the final weekend, be sure to check out our blog on how to get cheap NCAA Final Four tickets.
How to Get Cheap NCAA Tournament Tickets
With high prices come high service fees with many marketplaces, but not TickPick. Here at TickPick, we have no service fees, making us your source for no-fee 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tickets on the secondary market. Given the high face values and extreme resale value of this annual event that’s the biggest time of the year for the sport, prices can get out of hand quickly when you factor in the fees that every other marketplace aside from TickPick will charge you on top of the listed price.
If you haven’t used TickPick before, you can sign up with the link below for $10 off your first purchase. If you have any questions regarding 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tickets, please feel free to submit a request here.