NCAA botches ticket prices again

Tickets for the NCAA regionals go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, and fans probably aren’t going to be too pleased.

Once again, the NCAA did its best to price out a lot of fans.

Three-game passes for the St. Paul regional are $102.40. For Worcester, Mass., it’s $78.30. For Bridgeport, Conn., it’s $78.30.

Cincinnati is a reasonably priced $43.

Almost everyone can agree that there are big flaws with the regionals. UND played Yale with a trip to the Frozen Four on the line in front of the smallest crowd to watch UND play a game since a 2006 trip to Houghton, Mich.

Opinions vary on how to remedy the situation. But I think everyone can agree that more reasonable ticket prices are the place to start.

Obviously, they have not started working on that yet this season.

If you do want to go ahead and purchase some advance regional tickets. you can go here.

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There’s a more detailed story on Omaha’s site about the incident that led to the dismissal of Matt White and Preston Hodge before the season started.

It also details that Grand Forks native Alex Simonson, who was originally suspended, was not involved in any of the extracurriculars and that he only came to the aid of one of his teammates.

Coach Dean Blais told the Herald last month that Simonson had been cleared and that he was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“He’s a good kid,” Blais said.

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Former UND captain Mario Lamoureux has been promoted from the ECHL to the AHL. He’ll suit up for Oklahoma City.

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Jonathan Toews notched his third-career hat trick tonight for the Blackhawks. Chicago trailed 4-2 late in the second period when Toews scored three straight goals to give the Hawks the lead for good. He also had an assist for a four-point night.

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Former UND forward Ryan Johnson has been hired as a player development consultant for the Vancouver Canucks. Johnson played a couple of seasons with Vancouver.

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I’m sure everyone will be on our live chat today from 3-4 p.m. to see which team PasswordisTaco puts on Upset Watch this weekend. Hopefully, he’s on the chat so he can impart his wisdom on us.

7 thoughts on “NCAA botches ticket prices again

  1. There needs to be more of a way to know exactly where your team would end up. Most times the Sioux have been shipped out east somewhere, but how is a fan supposed to plan for that with only a weeks notice? And yeah, ticket prices are ridiculous. Cant wait for more than half of the arena to be empty.

  2. What is the big surprise that the St. Paul ticket costs the most? Don’t the Rodents host that tourney? No matter where they end in standings they will play there. So you have a team they know will draw in the teams backyard so why not? American capitalism at its finest.

  3. “Cincinnati is a reasonably priced $43″

    While I don’t disagree with that statement, my thought was if the Cincinnati regional is less than half the price of the St Paul regional, then Cincinnati should not be hosting this! If you have to discount the tickets that much compared to another region (which you know will be a sellout), then you picked the wrong location.

    • If a venue which is 45 miles from one of the top five highest performing programs in college hockey over the last half decade is a “wrong” location then I would say the problem isn’t as much about location as it is about marketing and the overall health of the sport.

  4. If anyone is interested in getting St. Paul regional tickets now, you can get them on Ticketmaster with the presale code, WILD.

  5. Interesting read on the UNO case. Only those present know everything that was said/done in that incident, and unfortunate stuff happens when you add alcohol & testosterone. .Mr. Tripplett sounds like a stand-up guy with a better sense of reality than UNO’s athletic department (probably helps that he got the K.O. :-) )……

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