Shocker Fans Line Up For Final Four Tickets

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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A line extended out the door at the Wichita State University ticket office at Koch Arena Monday morning as fans waited for a chance at Final Four tickets.

Fans who waited in line did not receive a ticket and were not guaranteed a ticket. They simply were allowed to put in a request for their desired quantity of tickets. The ticket office was also taking calls Monday from fans.

An email was scheduled to go out Monday at 8 p.m. to fans who put in their request. That email will let them know if they have secured tickets. The tickets will then be available at will call in Atlanta.

The university will decide who gets tickets based on the athletic department's priority system.

Wichita State University began with 3,200 non-student tickets, Ticket Office Manager Russell Wilkins said. Each ticket is being sold for $300 and includes the Wichita State/Louisville game, the Syracuse/Michigan game and the National Championship game.

Many students showed up at the ticket office but were turned away. That's because student tickets are not being handled by Wichita State University.

Student tickets are being handled by the NCAA, Wilkins said. The NCAA has allotted 700 tickets for Wichita State students. Students were expected to receive an email Monday afternoon with purchase information and a link to where they can request a ticket. Tickets are $40. The deadline for students to request a ticket is Tuesday at 4 p.m., according to the email.

For fans who aren't lucky enough to score a ticket through the university, there are other options.

Other marketplaces include the NCAA's official ticket exchange website, StubHub, TicketCity, Razorgator.

But fans might want to act fast because ticket prices on those websites only appear to be going up.

A check of those four websites Monday afternoon revealed the cheapest remaining all-session ticket to be $407. Most tickets were about $700 and up.

Statistics provided by Razorgator show Final Four all-session tickets prices are up 15 percent since Selection Sunday. Tickets for just the semifinal games are up 55 percent since Selection Sunday.

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