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About the NCAA First Four

NCAA First Four Tickets

With the expansion of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in recent years, a whole new round was added to the tournament called the First Four. To be fair, it’s not quite a full round, as it only includes eight teams. But even if the First Four is just glorified play-in games for the Big Dance, it’s still four extra games, which is why there is always demand for last-minute NCAA First Four tickets. Plus, just like the rest of the NCAA Tournament, you never know what’s going to happen, and you never know what the winner of each game will go on to accomplish, which is why cheap NCAA First Four tickets tend to be in short supply.

The Little Guys

For years, teams given a no. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament have been the tournament’s whipping boys, usually getting dominated by a no. 1 seed in the First Round before leaving the tournament. But the First Four provides the little guys with a chance to shine. Every year, there are two games between a pair of no. 16 seeds, who play for the right to advance to face a no. 1 seed. However, it gives those smaller programs a chance to play in front of a national audience and officially record a win in the NCAA Tournament, which for those teams is a dream come true.

Hey, You Never Know

In virtually every year that the First Four has been played, at least one of the teams participating has gone on to win at least one game in the NCAA Tournament. The teams participating in these games are anything but an afterthought. In fact, the likes of Tennessee in 2014 and Syracuse in 2018 have advanced to the Sweet 16 after participating in the First Four. On top of that, VCU in 2011 and UCLA in 2021 made it from the First Four to the Final Four, so you never know when one of the teams playing in the First Four will make a magical run in the Big Dance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Does the NCAA First Four Play?

Except for the 2021 First Four, when the entire NCAA Tournament was played within the state of Indiana, the First Four takes place every year at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. While it’s not the biggest arena with a capacity of a little over 13,000 fans, the University of Dayton Arena has long been recognized as one of the best venues in college basketball. The venue provides everything that’s needed on such a big stage, including great fans, making it an ideal location for the NCAA First Four.

When do NCAA First Four tickets go on sale?

Cheap NCAA First Four tickets to games are available months in advance. In other words, there’s no rush to check the NCAA First Four’s schedule. Just grab tickets whenever you’ve got the itch.

Is it better to buy NCAA First Four tickets in advance?

With NCAA First Four tickets being available so far ahead of time, it’s easy to buy tickets whenever you want to – but there’s little need to plan ahead. You can often get cheap last-minute tickets to NCAA First Four games by waiting to make your purchase until the very last minute. As game day gets closer and sellers drop their prices, fans reap the benefits.

What’s the best way to buy cheap NCAA First Four tickets?

The best way to buy cheap NCAA First Four tickets is always going to be from a secure online platform that connects fans and resellers. These ticket marketplaces often have some of the cheapest ticket prices and are the easiest way to shop for NCAA First Four tickets. Can you buy NCAA First Four tickets at the stadium? Sure – but you’ll likely be paying a higher price than you need to!  

Why should I choose Gametime over other ticket marketplaces?

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How much are NCAA First Four tickets?

NCAA First Four ticket prices will differ depending on a number of factors. Generally speaking, the average ticket price for NCAA First Four tickets is around $55 a ticket. But you can be looking at a few hundred dollars more, depending on the opponent, stage of play, and demand. 

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