To join in the madness, you might need to shell out for a ticket soon.
As of Monday afternoon, fewer than 400 tickets remained for the second- and third-round games of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 20 and 22 in First Niagara Center.
“We’re right on pace” to sell out the games, said Pete Harvey, director of sports development for the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission.
Only seats in the 300 level are left, at a cost of $198 per ticket, which includes four games in two sessions March 20, a Thursday, and two games in a single session March 22, a Saturday.
Seats in the 100 and 200 levels, which cost $252 per ticket, are sold out.
Tickets can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/final-four/tickets-hospitality.
Organizers expect the remaining tickets to be gone soon.
But hoops junkies intent on getting a seat will have other options, including the NCAA Ticket Exchange operated by PrimeSport and StubHub, both of which offer secondary-market ticket sales online.
Thousands of tickets – including many for single sessions – were available Monday through the websites, although many of them were listed at significantly higher prices.
Starting times for the games won’t be available until after the NCAA determines seedings and brackets for 68 teams that qualify or are invited into the popular annual hoops tournament, which is nicknamed “March Madness.”
The Buffalo venue is one of eight in the country hosting second- and third-round games this year.
Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash., which seats 11,736 people, and Viejas Arena in San Diego, which holds 12,500 people, already have sold out.
Those venues are much smaller than First Niagara Center, which has a capacity of 19,200 people for basketball games.