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NCAA Basketball March Madness

Florida Gulf Coast Seems to Have an Impact on Increase in Ticket Sales For 2013 NCAA Tournament

(Howard Smith/USA Today Sports)

One of the best stories from the 2013 NCAA Tournament has been Florida Gulf Coast and how they’ve become the first No. 15 seed in history to reach the Sweet 16. Of course, with all of the crazy upsets this year, there’s also been an increase in ticket prices as well.

In fact, the average ticket prices from this year ($217.74) are up from last year ($201.82) and even the averages for the regional are already up ($308.93) compared to last year ($285.87). When looking at team’s like Florida Gulf Coast, it should be no surprise to see the average of ticket prices up compared to last year considering all of the excitement surrounding the tournament.

Here’s a chart of the average cost of ticket prices for the first three rounds.

There’s no question the recent surprise run by Florida Gulf Coast has made a major impact on the average of ticket sales this season–especially when you take into consideration that the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia was the top seller of the first three rounds (which is where the Eagles played their first two games). This time of year is always exciting for any sports fan as the tournament is always filled with plenty of upsets and Cinderella stories.

And thanks to these surprise runs by the lower seeds–the average price of ticket sales is up as well. Who knows, if Florida Gulf Coast continues this magical run, maybe it will help bring up the average cost of ticket sales for the 2014 NCAA Tournament as well.

Only time will tell–but this has sure been an exciting tournament through the first three rounds.

Thanks to Vivid Seats for the information used in this article.