Prices For ACC Conference Tournament Tickets Lowest In Last Three Years
(CBSCharlotte/TiqIQ) – Unlike most college basketball tournaments, the ACC Tournament is the only championship for the conference. The ACC is in fact the only conference in Division I college basketball that does not officially recognize a regular season champion. Virginia may have finished first in the conference for the first time in a long time, but all that buys them is a 1 seed in yet another stacked ACC conference tournament.
With the offseason additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the Big East, the ACC has gotten even deeper this season. Competitive mainstays Duke and North Carolina are both top 15 teams as well, with Virginia between the two at #8. This makes the ACC tournament one of the most wide open conference tournaments this season, and raises the stakes for these teams to really boost their seeding for the Big Dance. There are also plenty of live dogs in the tournament, between teams like Maryland, NC State, Clemson, and even Boston College who tarnished Syracuse’s undefeated record just a few weeks back. Without any real idea how the conference tournament will shake out, fans of these teams are hesitant to commit to purchasing tickets for later sessions. As a result, ACC tournament tickets across all sessions have settled in at an average price of $148.99.
The ACC tournament will once again take place at Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina for the second consecutive year. With relative proximity to Duke and UNC, we could see ticket prices escalate in the coming days, particularly if the two Tobacco Road schools meet in the conference championship, which is possible given the way the bracket is set up. Original members of the conference since 1953, Duke and UNC are the two schools with the most conference championships. Duke has won the ACC 19 times while UNC has won it 17 times. Most recently, Duke captured the title in 2011 with a win over UNC. UNC last captured it in 2008.
Currently, ACC championship game tickets carry an average price of $183.51, up from last year’s $179, but down from the $199 of 2012. UNC has been the loser in the championship game for three consecutive seasons. Of course, tickets were most expensive back in 2011, when Duke and UNC met up. Tickets for that game carried an average price of $236.28. Although this figure seems lofty in comparison to other ACC tournament games, it is bottom of the barrel when it comes to Duke and UNC. When these two teams played their annual game at Cameron Indoor last week, ticket prices checked in at an average of $1,804, making it by far the highest priced game of the month. This is no uncommon territory for what is perhaps the greatest rivalry in college basketball. In 2012, tickets for their meeting at Duke carried an average of $1,928. While Greensboro Coliseum boasts a substantially larger basketball seating capacity than Cameron Indoor, 23,500 to 9,314, tickets are still far less expensive and certainly make it worthwhile for Duke and UNC fans to head out to Greensboro for the conference championship if their two schools make it. Of course, Virginia already dominated the ACC to the tune of a 16-2 conference record this year. In search for their first conference championship since 1976, Tony Bennett’s feisty Cavaliers team poses a tough roadblock to a Tobacco Road conference championship.
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