Insiders Guide to the 2018 NCAA Tournament Regional Finals

March Madness is in full swing and many people have already seen their bracket get busted.  While teams and fans are traveling to their Sweet 16 destinations, TicketCity is here to give you some tips to guide you through the host cities and get you the best deal on tickets!

West Regional – STAPLES Center (Los Angeles) – March  22nd &24th

  • Session 1: (4) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (9) Florida State, (3) Michigan Wolverines vs (7) Texas A&M Aggies – Tickets starting at $102
  • Session 2: TBD vs. TBD – Tickets starting at $92
  • All Sessions: Session 1 March 22nd & Session 2 March 24th – Tickets starting at $163

Notable STAPLES Center policies

  •  STAPLES Center has a No Re-Entry policy for all events
  •  Children 3 years of age and older require a ticket to enter the arena.
  •  Backpacks of any size and all bags larger than 14” X 14” x 6” are not permitted


Things to do in Los Angeles

  • Sunset Boulevard: If you’re looking for the perfect snapshot of a Southern California life, cruise the Boulevard from Hollywood to Malibu. You’ll pass by famous haunts like the The Comedy Store and The Viper Room, catch a concert at The Whiskey A Go Go, or make a stop at In-N-Out Burger.
  • Getty Center: With spectacular views overlooking Los Angeles, the Getty Center Museum also boasts impressive art collections from Van Gogh, Monet, and Cenet. 1200 Getty Center Drive, 90049
  • Disneyland: There’s nowhere like the happiest place on Earth. Hang out with Mickey, Minnie, and all your favorite Disney characters before the game for some guaranteed family fun. 313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 92802


South Regional – Philips Arena (Atlanta) – March 22nd & 24th

  • Session 1: (5) Kentucky Wildcats vs (9) Kansas State Wildcats, (11) Loyola-Chicago Ramblers vs (7) Nevada Wolf Pack – Tickets starting at $71
  • Session 2: TBD vs. TBD – Tickets starting at $80
  • All Sessions: Session 1 March 22nd & Session 2 March 24th – Tickets starting at $212
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Notable Philips Arena policies

  • Bags, backpacks, laptops, tablets, professional cameras, or weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited
  • Guests may not bring food and/or beverage items into the arena at any time.
  • All individuals two years of age or older must possess a valid ticket for entry into the Philips Arena.


Things to do in Atlanta:

  • College Football Hall of Fame –Only a short walk away from the Phillips Arena, sports fans can refresh their college football knowledge. Head straight to the interactive exhibits where you can create a mascot, record a play-by-play, or be a sports anchor in a broadcast!  250 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.
  • Georgia Aquarium: One of the world’s largest aquariums, it’s a perfect way to spend the day before the big game.  From whales and sharks to manta rays and penguins, there’s never a dull moment. 225 Baker Street Northwest, 30313.
  • Check out Decatur: If you’re looking to spend a little time outside of the city, hop on the MARTA train to Decatur and spend some time strolling the streets full of coffeeshops, galleries, bars, and restaurants.

East Regional – TD Garden (Boston) – March 23rd & 25th

  • Session 1: (1) Villanova Wildcats vs. (5) West Virginia Mountaineers, (3) Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (2) Purdue Boilermakers – Tickets starting at $212
  • Session 2: Session 2: TBD vs. TBD – Tickets starting at $102
  • All Sessions: Session 1 March 23rd & Session 2 March 25th – Tickets starting at $229
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Notable TD Garden policies:

  • All entry doors at TD Garden are now outfitted with new state-of-the-art walk-through detection systems where fans will be screened prior to entry. Guests are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and allow adequate time for entry.
  • Doors open one hour prior to game time.
  • Selfie sticks, tablets, computers, professional cameras are not permitted.


Things to do in Boston:

  • Beacon Hill: Walk the steep and storied streets of Boston’s premier neighborhood. See Federal, Victorian, and Greek Revival architecture. Browse boutiques and antique shops and stop in at classic restaurants and watering holes.
  • Boston Public Garden: Enjoy some fresh air and a whiff of history here. Boston Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in America, established in 1837, and has a certain Victorian flair.  4 Charles Street, 02116.
  • Museum of Fine Arts: One of the largest museums in the U.S., its works span the continents and the centuries. See artwork from El Greco to a superb collection of Japanese art. 465 Huntington Avenue, 02115.

Midwest Regional – CenturyLink Center (Omaha, Nebraska) March 23rd & 25th

  • Session 1: (2) Duke Blue Devils vs. (11) Syracuse Orange, (1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (5) Clemson Tigers – Tickets starting at $276
  • Session 2: TBD vs. TBD – Tickets starting at $178
  • All Sessions: Session 1 March 23nd & Session 2 March 25th – Tickets starting at $375
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Notable CenturyLink Center policies:

  •  All individuals 3 years of age and older will require a ticket to enter the arena. Children 2 years and younger can be admitted without a ticket provided they sit on an adult’s lap.
  • Clear, uncolored plastic tote-bags will be permitted, or guests may use a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar). No large purses, bags, backpacks, or fanny-packs are permitted.


Things to do in Omaha:

  • Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge:  Get a great walk and wonderful view of Omaha’s skyline from this 3,000-foot long bridge that stretches across the Missouri River.  From here, you can also reach more than 150 miles of nature trails. 705 Riverfront Drive, 68102
  • Joslyn Castle:  This 35-room Scottish baronial mansion was built in 1903 on top of a hill on Omaha’s outskirts. In addition to the home, you can tour the garden and grounds. 3902 Davenport Street, 68131
  • The Old Market: Walking distance from many hotels, the Old Market has street musicians, artists, boutiques and galleries along its cobblestone streets. You’ll also find music venues and plenty of places to eat.


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