Michigan State University (MSU) fans may have to pay upwards of $600 (£460/€536) per ticket to watch their team compete in the NCAA Final Four basketball championship, in addition to other travel and accommodation costs.
The 2019 Final Four takes place Saturday and Monday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Yesterday (Monday) afternoon, the cheapest all-session tickets, which provide access into the semi-finals and championship games, were still available for around $625.50 each, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The cheapest semi-finals tickets were about $535.50 each and the cheapest championship tickets cost about $225 each.
On StubHub, single tickets for Saturday night’s national semi-final game between MSU and Texas Tech started at $367. Ticket holders for this game will also gain access to the other game that day between Virginia and Auburn.
Final Four tickets are unavailable for Michigan State students, but they can sign up for email updates in case any become available. Those that have donated at least $1,000 annually to MSU’s Spartan Fund and have been fund members since July 1, 2018 have the opportunity to request Final Four tickets.
Spartan Athletics said in a note to its students: “Due to the small number of tickets allotted to MSU, REQUESTS are only being taken from Spartan Fund Members and University Donors at the Captains Club level and up.
“SUBMITTING A REQUEST DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE A TICKET. Requests will be filled based on Spartan Fund priority.”
MSU’s athletics website has been urging fans this week to check ticketing sites such as StubHub and Ticketmaster which have tickets for Saturday’s game for more than $600 each, and ncaa.com/mbbtickets for availability.