The No. 1 college basketball team in the country is proving to be a hot ticket in Las Vegas.
The West Coast Conference men’s and women’s tournaments March 2 to 7 at Orleans Arena, featuring undefeated Gonzaga on the men’s side, are nearly sold out.
The venue, with a basketball capacity of 9,500, had only one way to buy tickets as of Thursday afternoon: a semifinal and championship two-day package for the men’s event that costs $223 per seat.
Demand for tickets and limited availability is driving up prices on the secondary market. The lowest price for a single seat at the championship game on the website StubHub was $120 on Thursday, with club seats going for as high as $364. All sessions tickets to the men’s tournament from March 3 to 7 were priced for $700 to $2,800 each on the website.
On SeatGeek, prices for a single ticket to the championship game ranged from $113 to $395 on Thursday.
Similar markups are happening at Gonzaga home games, with all available tickets sold, according to the Spokesman Review.
The Bulldogs (27-0) could lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with a conference championship in Las Vegas. The league’s second-place team is No. 22 Saint Mary’s.
Attendance was 7,418 for last year’s WCC championship between Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s at Orleans Arena.