Well, it happened. Ample ticket sales at TN.com allowed the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus to once again claim the top spot on this list. When combined with the last three-month period from July to September, and last March, that gives Ringling a full half year at the top.
As I've mentioned in previous months, it isn't that the other events have done poorly. They've done very well, and in particular the Kiss & Def Leppard and the Eminem & Rihanna tours were neck and neck for the second position. It's just that so many more Ringling Bros. tickets were sold during March.
It is possible things will change in April. Last year, Paul McCartney displaced Ringling Bros. during April, and wouldn't you know, he's plotting more dates this year. Maybe we'll see him claim the top spot again?
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As the UConn Huskies, Florida Gators, Kentucky Wildcats, and Wisconsin Badgers prepare to play in the NCAA Tournament semi-finals tomorrow, the get-in price (the lowest price you can expect to find for a ticket) for tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com of both the semi-finals and the championship have dipped below $100*. At the time of this writing, the get-in price for the semi-final is a bit higher than for the championship by about $20. The get-in price for passes that include both sessions is $104. So anyone still looking for a ticket to the game has an opportunity to get a seat for a pretty good price.
Reinforcing the trend I noticed last week, college basketball fans from Connecticut and Kentucky were the most enthusiastic about finding tickets for the NCAA Finals following their teams' advancement to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, this weekend.
The two states were among the ones that sent a very high amount of visits to TicketNetwork.com in the two hours following the Huskies' and Wildcat's wins in the East and Midwest Regional Finals on Sunday. In addition, and not surprising given the proximity to the host venue, Texas also had high visit activity, especially once Connecticut won.
I put together the time-lapse heat map video below, which follows visit activity to tournament-related pages on TN.com, from the beginning of the South Regional Final on Saturday to past the end of the Midwest Regional on Sunday.
Today is the day the NCAA Tournament's Eastern and Midwest Regionals begin, and one thing is clear: The East Regionals have risen to a prominent position. For the previous two years, the South Regionals have dominated sales for tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com, or were at least about even with the Midwest, as was the case last year.
This year, the South Regionals have been left behind and in its place are the East Regionals, due at least in part to the addition of Madison Square Garden to the tournament. Currently, the games at MSG account for 26% of ticket sales for the Regionals, only beaten out by the Midwest Regionals at Lucas Oil Stadium, which account for 52%*.
Now that the First Four games have been played, the 2014 NCAA Tournament can truly get underway. We can also start making some comparisons with previous years, and see how things stack up. At this point in the tournament, the average selling price for all NCAA Tournament tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com is $263, about 22% higher than the price at the same point in time for last year's tournament, which was $215. In fact, the price is the highest it's been three years running, up 40% since 2012.