The green and white has meant green and, well, more green for ticket brokers.
Michigan State’s Friday night NCAA Tournament opener at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena is the among the most sought-after tickets on secondary markets, including StubHub.
The second-session tickets for Little Caesars Arena were going for $190 and up for two seats or more together on StubHub around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, a day before Michigan State plays Bucknell and TCU plays Syracuse.
That was far and away the priciest ticket for a Friday session — each NCAA Tournament pod hosts four opening-round games, split into two sessions, each session accessible by one ticket. To put that get-in price in perspective, the starting point for Detroit’s first session Friday was $49, to see games between Purdue and Cal State Fullerton and Arkansas and Butler.
Detroit’s all-session tickets — a strip that gets you total access over two days, the four games on Friday and two games Sunday — also were the priciest, among pods with Friday and Sunday games, at $280 and up. Closest was the Charlotte, N.C., full strip, at $175 — featuring the in-state North Carolina Tar Heels. The Nashville full strip was just behind that, at $167 — featuring not-far-away Xavier and Cincinnati.
You can see, then, why the NCAA had a financial interest in getting at least one local team to Detroit, whether it was Michigan State or Michigan.
Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan State — its campus an hour and a half from downtown Metro Detroit, which also is home for a significant number of alums — got the draw, and Big Ten tournament champion Michigan was sent to Wichita, Kan., where it was to play Montana on Thursday night. San Diego State and Houston were playing the other second-session game there Thursday night. Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the get-in price on StubHub for that session was $24.95.