SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City may not be the biggest city to host NCAA Tournament games this year, but it does offer the best value, according to a recent research emailed to the Deseret News from SeatGeek, a ticket search website.
This week, Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena will host games for the NCAA Tournament, including No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 South Dakota, according to the Deseret News.
Salt Lake City will also host No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Vanderbilt; No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 North Dakota; and No. 7 Saint Mary's vs. No. 10 VCU.
Small schools run aplenty for the Vivint’s games, which has lowered ticket prices, according to SeatGeek.
“Geography is always a factor at these neutral-site games, and since Salt Lake City features the schools with what may be the smallest alumni bases and toughest travel prospects, it’s proving to be the best value for tickets,” SeatGeek explained.
For example, Gonzaga students have to make a 10-hour drive — the shortest distance of any school playing in Utah to drive, according to SeatGeek.
The range of ticket prices are also low. Tickets for St. Mary's vs. VCU, Arizona vs. North Dakota are selling for a median $112 with a get-in price of $50, according to SeatGeek.
Despite its good value, Salt Lake City doesn’t offer the best games for what you pay, according to SeatGeek. In Greenville, S.C., fans can watch Duke and the University of North Carolina.