Until you've been there in person to experience the passion of the Final Four, you have no idea what you're missing.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 29, 2007
Despite the hype surrounding this year's Final Four, the fan bases' enthusiasm has been slow to translate into ticket sales. This week, TicketCity.com has had tremendous traffic to their site, but sales are pacing slower than in previous years, prompting them to offer a $25 discount to any of the Georgia Dome games. Visitors to TicketCity.com should reference promotional code "hoops" before April 3rd, in order to take advantage of the offer.
Four teams steeped in basketball history will meet in Atlanta this week to battle for college basketball's National Championship. The Final Four is the pinnacle event in what is perhaps the greatest event in college sports, the NCAA basketball tournament.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are making their first trip to the Final Four since 1999 led by freshman sensation Greg Oden. This is the Georgetown Hoya's fifth trip to the Final Four, but the first since 1985. Meanwhile, the Florida Gators and UCLA Bruins return for the second year in a row, with UCLA hungry to avenge their defeat in last year's championship game.
"These are teams with strong basketball programs, who toppled giants to get to the Final Four," says Ticket City CEO Randy Cohen. "We're expecting a big crowd from the returning champion Gators, particularly since Gainesville is right down the road from Atlanta. I also know the Buckeye fans will be there in droves, because they travel better than any fan base in the country."
The big question is: will fans from the other two teams make the trip?
"I think so," says Cohen. "Georgetown might be smaller than the other schools involved, but the Hoya fans are pure basketball fans. Their football team doesn't compete at the Division 1 level, so those Hoya fans are year-round, 365-days a year, hoops junkies. And the Bruins are perhaps the best team in the history of college basketball (11 NCAA Men's Basketball Championships), so we know a lot of fans will make that trip out here from L.A. The Bruins really want that 12th national title."
Unlike previous years, ticket prices have stayed relatively constant in these first few days since the establishment of the four Semifinal teams, instead of the usual post-regional championship push. While it's not ideal for ticket sales, it could mean huge opportunities for those planning to attend this year's National Championship game. It also presents an opportunity for sports fans who might not be associated with one of these schools involved to attend this premier sporting event.
"That's just it," adds Cohen, "the way things are right now, even if you're not a fan or alumni of one of these Final Four teams, you can definitely still afford to go to one of the biggest events in college sports in a really cool city (Atlanta)."
Cohen added, "Until you've been there in person to experience the passion of the Final Four, you have no idea what you're missing."
Those interested in purchasing tickets, including Final Four and National Championship games, should call (800) SOLD-OUT or go online to http://www.TicketCity.com.
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Mercer Black, Marketing Coordinator