With the Big Dance officially underway, the mad dash to scoop up NCAA Tournament tickets across the nation has just begun. The second and third rounds of play will be held over eight separate venues this week, and many fans hoping to attend may be left in the dark when searching for the right seat. Each venue follows a specific ticket purchasing protocol, and we’ve provided an overview of what to expect when heading to the game this week.
KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY
Typically home to the Louisville Cardinals, the KFC Yum! Center will host six games between the Midwest and South Regions on Thursday and Saturday. When searching for tickets to any of the upcoming games, no digital or paperless tickets will be allowed. Only will call and print-at-home tickets will be offered in Louisville.
On Thursday, (3) Iowa State takes on (14) UAB, (6) SMU faces (11) UCLA and (8) Cincinnati plays (9) Purdue. Thursday’s final game will be played between (1) Kentucky and (16) Hampton. Saturday’s two games will be between Game 1 and 2’s winner and Game 3 and 4’s winner.
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Friday and Sunday will welcome games at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Midwest and East Regional games will be played over the two days. Tickets can be picked up at will call or can be printed at home.
(5) West Virginia takes on (12) Buffalo and (4) Maryland plays (12) Valparaiso on Friday afternoon while (3) Oklahoma faces (14) Albany and (6) Providence plays (11) Boise State/Dayton. Round 3 games will be played on Sunday.
CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
The CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh hosts Thursday and Saturday games this week. Unlike the KFC Yum! Center and Nationwide Arena, however, CONSOL will accept digital and paperless tickets. Will call will be available and print-at-home tickets will be accepted.
Thursday afternoon will see (3) Notre Dame play (14) Northeastern and (6) Butler play (11) Texas. Later that evening, (1) Villanova faces (16) Lafayette while (8) NC State plays (9) LSU. Round 3 games will be held on Sunday.
CenturyLink Center Omaha – Omaha, NE
Creighton’s usual home at CenturyLink Center Omaha will be the hosting site to six separate games on Friday and Sunday. Paperless and digital tickets will be accepted, as well as print-at-home tickets. Will call will also be available.
Friday welcomes (7) Wichita State against (10) Indiana, (2) Kansas against (15) NM State, (1) Wisconsin against (16) Coastal Carolina and (8) Oregon against (9) Oklahoma State. Sunday will host Third Round games.
Time Warner Cable Arena – Charlotte, NC
Perhaps the most dominating team that will begin its quest at the Time Warner Cable Arena is Duke, who sets to face either UNF or RMU on Friday night. The Blue Devils will have a hometown crowd behind them as they dive into tournament play. Those fans will be allowed to enter through will call help and print-at-home tickets.
Earlier on Friday, (7) MSU battle (10) UGA and (2) Virginia plays (15) Belmont. Following Duke’s game, (8) SD State will play (9) St. John’s. Round Three games will be played on Sunday.
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL
Southern Florida will host a slew of games this weekend at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. For fans looking to get in, print-at-home, pickup and will call tickets will be accepted.
The West Region will be well represented, with (3) Baylor taking on (14) Georgia State and (6) Xavier playing (11) Mississippi on Thursday afternoon. In the later games, (4) UNC plays (13) Harvard and (5) Arkansas faces (12) Wofford. Saturday will welcome both Third Round games.
Key Arena – Seattle, WA
Moving to the west coast, the Key Arena in Seattle is set to host games on Friday and Sunday. Print-at-home tickets will be accepted and will call offices will be available.
On Friday afternoon, (5) UNI faces (12) Wyoming and (4) Louisville plays (13) UCI. That night will see games played between (7) Iowa and (10) Davidson and (2) Gonzaga and (15) NDSU. Round 3 games will be held on Sunday.
Moda Center – Portland, OR
The Moda Center in Portland will be the second arena hosting Second and Third Round games this weekend. On Thursday and Saturday, paperless tickets will be accepted along with print-at-home tickets. Will call will also be available.
Friday afternoon games will be played between (2) Arizona and (15) Texas Southern and (7) VCU and (10) Oregon. Friday night welcomes (5) Utah against (12) Stephen F. Austin and (4) Georgetown against (13) Eastern Washington. On Saturday, two Round 3 games will be played.