Public ticket sales barred for NCAA Tournament semifinals, finals

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There will be limited opportunities for individuals not associated with the participating teams to attend the upcoming NCAA Tournament matches.

The NCAA informed Off the Block that fans in attendance for the NCAA Tournament will be capped at 400 people with all but 50 of those tickets being allotted to participating teams.

Each of the seven teams in the NCAA Tournament will receive tickets to distribute to their supporters. In addition, the NCAA Tournament semifinals and finals will be closed to any public ticket sales, while the play-in match and opening rounds will have 50 walk-up tickets available for the public to purchase.


Teams will receive up to 175 tickets to distribute for single-match sessions of the NCAA Tournament.

These ticket restrictions come with the NCAA Tournament taking place in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The majority teams did not allow fans to attend their matches this season and the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the pandemic.

All six NCAA Tournament matches will be played at the Covelli Center on the Ohio State campus.

The play-in match between Penn State and Belmont Abbey will begin the tournament on Monday, May 3. The winner of this play-in match will play Lewis in the opening round on Tuesday, May 4, while UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine will play in the other opening round match.

Both Hawai’i and BYU as the top-two seeds earned byes to the NCAA Tournament semifinals that will be played on Thursday, May 6.

[A previous version of this story incorrectly listed the amount of tickets each team will receive. The story has been update.]

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