Barclays Center Might Make ACC Tournament Tickets Most Expensive In College Basketball [Details]
An I thought scoring tickets to the Big East Tournament at MSG just to cheer on my Johnnies was a little pricey. Looks as if the Barclays may just take the cake come 2017.
According to Forbes, Sports Illustrated reported that the ACC was finalizing a deal to play its conference tournament at the Barclays center in Brooklyn starting in 2017 this morning. The deal could transform Barclays into the hub of New York City basketball, and shift the center of NCAA post-season gravity from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
While Big East tournament tickets opened this year as the most expensive conference tournament, ticket prices have dropped almost 30% with the early departure of Villanova. This year Nova reportedly had the biggest turnout at the Garden for the tournament, but after both them and St. Johns were knocked out Seton Hall remains the only team with a real local fan base,
Mean while over at the Barclays Center, Atlantic 10 ticket price are averaging at a price of $95, making it amongst one of the cheapest conference tournaments this year. Mainly due to the fact that this year there are no big local draws in the tournament. The ACC tournament at Barclays Center on the other hand would be an entirely different story.
ACC tournament tickets have also increase significantly over the last week as all of the top-ranked teams remain in play. Tonight’s sessions feature Duke and Syracuse with both game tickets averaging $163. The semi-finals tomorrow is currently the most expensive session at an average of $226. If all the top seeds advance in this year’s ACC tournament, semi-finals Saturday would feature Virginia against North Carolina in one game and Syracuse against Duke in the other.
All four of schools have massive alumnae bases in the tri-state area, and unless the Nets make it to the NBA finals between now and 2017, a semi-final Saturday with the top seeds form this years tournament would likely be the most expensive basketball ticket in the Barclays Center short history.
Looks like the Barclays is going after MSG’s ‘The Mecca of basketball’ title.