The 2015 NCAA Tournament will have a notable presence in Columbus, Ohio this week as the Nationwide Arena prepares to host the Round of 64 and Round 3 this weekend. Friday will welcome Round 2 while advancing teams will square off on Sunday in hopes of entering the Sweet 16.
Select teams from the Midwest and East will battle in Ohio, beginning with two Midwest games on Thursday between No. 5 WVU and No. 12 Buffalo and No. 4 Maryland and No. 13 Valparaiso. The East will play two games on Thursday evening when No. 3 Oklahoma faces No. 14 Albany and No. 6 Providence plays either Boise or Dayton.
On Sunday, the winner of Game 1 (WVU/Buffalo) will face the winner of Game 2 (Maryland/Valparaiso) while Game 3’s winner (Oklahoma/Albany) plays Providence, Boise or Dayton.
An All-Sessions Pass to Rounds 2 and 3 at Nationwide Arena averages $419.50 on the secondary market. The cheapest available pass is listed for $190.
In regards to individual session tickets, Session 1 (WVU vs Buffalo/Maryland vs Valparaiso) currently owns a secondary average of $127.22 and get-in price of $79. Session 2 (Oklahoma vs Albany/Providence vs TBD) will be slightly cheaper, with average secondary price listed at $105.82. The get-in price starts at $59 for Session 2 tickets.
Session 3 on Sunday sees an average price of $135.32 on the secondary market, the least expensive of all Round of 32 sessions. The cheapest ticket available for the final two games at Nationwide Arena is listed at $75.
Round 3 winners will advance to the Sweet 16, which will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for Midwest contenders and Carrier Dome in Syracuse for East hopefuls between March 26 and 29.