FINAL FOUR TICKETS
Tickets are actually very reasonably priced if you can get them at face value. Tickets are sold in booklets that get you into both the semifinals on Saturday night and the championship game on Monday night. Ticket booklets to the 2007 Final Four in Indianapolis are $120 and $150; not bad considering that Super Bowl tickets are a minimum of $500. Getting the tickets at face value, however, is not easy and requires some luck.
The NCAA holds a ticket lottery each year to sell those tickets that are not given to the host school and the four participants. Usually less than 10,000 tickets are made available to the public. Most of these tickets are in the upper deck, and may be on the far side of the stadium. Since the Final Four is always held in a dome, many of these seats are ridiculously far away; see the picture above for a view from the far side at the 2002 Final Four in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
The lottery works as follows:
Entering the lottery as many times as possible is advisable in order to increase your odds of winning. This will require more money up front, but you will get all of it back a few months later, minus the service fees of $4 per entry.
If you don't win the lottery, the only way to get tickets in advance (outside of your school reaching for the Final Four) is to buy from a broker or an auction site (check BigLeagueTix.com for Final Four tickets). You can always buy from a scalper or fan outside the dome on the day of the game, but of course there is no guarantee you'll get tickets. For the semifinals, expect to pay top dollar. For the title game, if you're lucky you might find a fan of a semifinal loser who will part with a ticket at face value.
Future Final Four Sites
2013 - April 6 & 8 - Georgia Dome, Atlanta (Atlanta