Duke and North Carolina are set to play the most-anticipated game of the 2018-19 college basketball regular season tonight. The Blue Devils and the Tar Heels are meeting in Durham at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Ticket prices are, well, insane. The get-in price at Cameron Indoor Stadium tonight is higher than it was at the Super Bowl.
"On January 27th, the Super Bowl had a get-in of $2,674. The cheapest remaining ticket for tonight's game is currently at $3,492. Between ZionWilliamson, a No. 1 ranking and this being one of the biggest rivalries in sports, there's intense demand. There's also a limited supply of inventory, which is having a major effect on price. Cameron Indoor Stadium has 13% the seating capacity of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the site of this year's Super Bowl. When you factor in that the floor seating is reserved for students, you're left with a short supply -- and massive demand.
Tonight's game is a harder ticket to get than last year's Final Four. Tickets were as low as $67 for the National Championship Game. The Alamodome capacity is around 72,000, so the inventory is significantly higher though. For this year's NCAA Championship Game in Minneapolis, you can sit center court for less than what it costs to be at the game tonight," TickPick expert Kyle Zorn tells us.
There's one echoing thought in the wake of these absurd ticket prices: Pay. The. Student. Athletes.
"He should get paid for doing that smh. Pay College athletes," NFL wide receiver Tyler Lockett tweeted.
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"Zion Williamson gets paid $0.00 to play for Duke. How much does Coach K make? How much does his jersey cost? How much is the venue making off soda and snack sales? Television contracts? Zion is one of the most recognizable athletes in the country PERIOD and he gets nothing," another fan tweeted.
Of course, the NCAA isn't making all of this money off of the ticket sales. Most of these absurd prices are coming on the secondary market, where fans sell their tickets they bought from the schools and make a ridiculous profit.
Still, you would think they could figure out a way to give some players a monetary bonus when prices get this high.
Duke and UNC are set to tip off at 9 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.