Shocker ticket prices soar to historic level on resale websites

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The hottest ticket in town is Saturday's Wichita State men's basketball game against Missouri State. The Shockers are looking to complete an undefeated regular season.

With so much on the line, tickets are sold out through the Wichita State University box office. There are just a handful of tickets left on resale websites like Stubhub. Given the small supply, ticket prices have soared to a historic level for Wichita State.

"For the last two home games, we have really seen a big spike that we have never really seen before for Wichita basketball," said Connor Gregoire, who is a communications analyst for SeatGeek.

SeatGeek is a website that provides ticket listings from every reseller out there. As a result, they are able to track all the resale transactions that go on in a given market, Gregoire said.

He says as of Friday afternoon, there were about 90 tickets available on resale websites. The average price for those tickets was $192. He says before this season, no Shocker home game had an average ticket price of more than $70. Last season's high average was $68 for the Creighton game on Jan. 19.

"It's more than two and a half times as high as the average ticket price for any Wichita home game this season," Gregoire said.

Of course, $192 is just the average. Late Friday night, prices ranged from $128.50 to $1,102 for a single ticket.

"Any ticket within 20 rows of the court for the game tomorrow is going for more than the cost of a season ticket," Gregoire said.

Gregoire did put these prices in perspective, saying there have been more expensive tickets to be had around the nation this year. He says the highest average price for any college basketball game this season was North Carolina at Duke. Those tickets were being listed for an average of $1,000.

But he acknowledges the $192 for Wichita's game against Missouri State is no bargain either.

He says if you still need a ticket, there's no guarantee prices will drop closer to game time. So, here's his advice:

"Figure out your price point, how much you'd be willing to pay. Come up with that number and as soon as you see something come into that range, if you are tracking the market carefully, I would buy it as soon as I can," Gregoire said.

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