The general public is advised to purchase any tickets that might be available for the men’s and women’s basketball championships directly from NCAA.com; host institutions or athletics conferences; ticket offices of schools participating in the tournament; and the NCAA’s sanctioned ticket and hospitality provider, PrimeSport, to reduce chances of fraudulent activities. These are the only authorized ways for the general public to purchase legitimate tickets to the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s Final Fours and sold out preliminary-round sites aside from last summer’s annual NCAA ticket drawing for the general public.
NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship tickets bear unique security marks that cannot be reproduced. Individuals who purchase tickets from unauthorized sources, including street vendors, run the risk of purchasing tickets that are not authentic and do not grant entrance to tournament games.
“The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships are two of the most exciting events in sports, and because of that, we want to assist our fans with making wise choices and ensuring their protection,” said Greg Shaheen, senior vice president for basketball and business strategies. “To obtain a ticket to an NCAA championship is a privilege. We work with local law enforcement officials to reduce negative factors and make sure these are enjoyable events for those who plan to attend our games.”
“Making sure our fans are protected from unauthorized vendors provides peace of mind and it protects our NCAA brand,” said Sue Donohoe, vice president for Division I Women’s Basketball. “Fans enjoy our championships and instilling measures for their protection is our goal.”
Fans are subject to state regulations ordinances or laws, and possible prosecution, if they are caught selling tickets to or from unauthorized sources. Fans can resell their tickets through the PrimeSport/RazorGator Fan2Fan Ticket Exchange program, which is approved by the NCAA, if they are unable to attend a Men’s Final Four game or if their team suffers a loss before reaching the Men’s Final Four. NCAA tickets may not be offered in a commercial promotion or as a prize in an auction, fundraiser, sweepstakes or contest, unless specifically authorized in advance by the NCAA.
Funds earned from authorized NCAA ticket sales are used to supplement student-athlete programs and resources. Unauthorized ticket sales result in a revenue decrease for NCAA member schools and student-athlete initiatives. The NCAA returns 95 cents of every dollar earned back to its member schools and conferences.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions—AT&T, Coca-Cola and Pontiac—and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners—Enterprise, The Hartford, Hershey’s, Lowe’s, Sheraton and State Farm.