NEW ORLEANS – Got 30 bucks? Well, you can easily get a ticket to Monday night's national championship game between Kentucky and Kansas.
According to StubHub, the ticket prices for the title game are the lowest in their 12-year history. Tickets are as low as $29 right now, and could go to $20 before the game begins.
For comparison, the lowest-priced tickets for last year's championship game between Butler and Connecticut went for as low as $69.
What makes the numbers even more surprising is the fact that Kansas and Kentucky are two of the biggest programs in college basketball, and their fans travel better than almost anyone else in the sport. There were an estimated 74,000 fans for the Final Four game between Kentucky and Louisville at the Superdome.
Moreover, the ratings for the Final Four games were some of the best in recent memory, and tonight's could be even better.
Why such a big disparity? At first, one might think it's the bigger venue. However, last season's title game had an estimated attendance of more than 70,000.
StubHub attributed it to the fans of Louisville and Ohio State leaving after Saturday's games, and the size of the arena. Nearly 50 percent of ticket-holders on StubHub came from Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas or Missouri.
One person with experience in the big-game ticket market said New Orleans not being a big-business city played a role in the lack of tickets being purchased, while there also might not be a ton of alums in the area.
Another one said the fact that booking last-minute travel to New Orleans is too expensive, and the influx of people on Monday won't come close to outweighing the number of people who left after Saturday's games.
“Everyone who wants a ticket already has one,” he said.