The 2016 NCAA Tournament officially starts on Tuesday night with the First Four. The First Four has evolved from just a simple play-in game when the field expanded to 65 teams to now four separate play-in games with a field of 68. As has been the case since the start of the play-in games, the First Four will be held at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Below are the matchups and secondary market ticket prices for the two sessions of the First Four on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Session 1 - Avg. Price: $79.96 | Get-in Price: $39
Florida Gulf Coast vs Fairleigh Dickinson
Vanderbilt vs Wichita State
Tuesday’s two games are easily the cheapest of the First Four. It’s not too surprising with the matchups on the schedule. Even as Florida Gulf Coast and Wichita State have been tournament Cinderellas in the past few years, it’s not enough the bring in big demand for the first set of games. The average price for Session 1, which includes admission to both games, is $79.96 on the secondary market. The get-in price is just $39.
The first game will tip at 6:40pm and will feature Florida Gulf Coast and Fairleigh Dickinson vying for a 16-seed in the East region. The winner will face No. 1 seed North Carolina in the first round in Raleigh. The late game is between Vanderbilt and Wichita State for an 11-seed in the South region. The winner will face 6-seeded Arizona in Providence for a first round matchup.
Session 2 - Avg. Price: $173.16 | Get-in Price: $75
Holy Cross vs Southern
Michigan vs Tulsa
On Wednesday, the second two games of the First Four will commence with a much higher ticket price. The current average for the two-game session is $173.16 with the get-in price at $75, nearly double that of the previous day’s session. The biggest name value for the session is Michigan, located roughly a three and a half hour drive from Dayton.
The same tipoff times will be held on Wednesday with the first game starting at 6:40pm. That game will be for the 16-seed in the West region between Holy Cross and Southern. The winner will face the No. 1-seeded Oregon Ducks, likely the tournament’s worst 1-seed, but it’s still unlikely either 16-seed would be able to score an upset. That game will take place in Spokane, Washington. At 9:10pm -- or long enough after the previous game -- the 11-seed game will tip between the Michigan Wolverines and Tulsa Golden Hurricane. This game is for the 11-seed in the East region and the winner will face 6-seed Notre Dame in Brooklyn.