NCAA Basketball

March Madness 2023: Everything You Need to Know

Feb 22, 2023


Kristen Humphries

With just one month to go until Selection Sunday and the First Rounds of March Madness, it’s time to start preparing for the highly anticipated 68-team single-elimination tournament. 

The March Madness bracket brings together a talented group of players and top-ranked teams from across the country, making it one of the most exciting and captivating events in college basketball history. Be sure to mark your calendars and study the March Madness schedule, as you won’t want to miss a single moment of this thrilling event. 

Last year’s March Madness tournament was dominated by the Kansas Jayhawks, who defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 72-69 in the championship game. The Jayhawks overcame a 16-point deficit, making it one of the greatest comebacks in NCAA March Madness history. 

As the 2023 March Madness tournament approaches, fans and critics are eager to see who will rise to the top this year. With so many talented players in the mix, it’s impossible to predict who will take home the win. But one thing is for sure: the 2023 March Madness tournament will be filled with thrilling moments, nail-biting finishes and unforgettable upsets. 

What is the 2023 March Madness schedule?

Since Selection Sunday does not start until March 12, 2023, we can’t tell you which teams will be competing, but we can provide you with a general breakdown of the March Madness schedule. 

Here is a list of the upcoming 2023 March Madness dates, rounds, locations and venues. 

When does March Madness start?

So, when does March Madness start? Selection Sunday will begin on March 12, 2023. During this time, the 68 teams competing in the tournament will be announced and seeded into four regions: West, East, Midwest and South. 

The First Round of games will take place on March 16th-17th in various locations. The 68 teams will play their first games, with the winners advancing to the second round. This process will continue throughout March, with the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and National Championship games taking place in the following weeks. 

The exact schedule for each round will be announced after the teams have been selected and seeded. Don’t forget to check back with SeatGeek after Selection Sunday for an updated schedule.

How to get March Madness tickets?

Are you looking to buy March Madness tickets? SeatGeek has all of your ticketing needs covered. 

First, head over to SeatGeek’s official NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament page, where you can view a full list of upcoming games.

Next, select the game you would like to attend to view available tickets. You can use SeatGeek’s filters for seamless searching, as well as the interactive seat map to ensure you’ve picked the best possible location. 

Pro Tip: Select SeatGeek’s “Include Fees” filter to avoid any hidden fees at checkout!

When you’ve settled on your tickets, head to the checkout and complete your purchase by submitting all the required information. When your purchase has been finalized, you will receive a confirmation email along with your e-tickets in your designated email inbox. 

How much are March Madness tickets?

The prices for March Madness Men’s Basketball games vary depending on several factors, including the teams playing, the location of the games and the round of the tournament. 

One of the most affordable ways to attend March Madness games is by purchasing tickets for early-round games. Tickets for the early rounds of March Madness range from $42.00 to $474.00, with an average price of $150.00. 

As the tournament progresses and the competition becomes more intense, ticket prices will typically increase. For example, tickets for the Final Four and National Championship games typically start at $240.00 and run as high as $1,100.00 or more, with an average price of $525.00. Keep in mind that these prices may increase further depending on the final teams. 

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Who is performing at the March Madness Music Festival?

March Madness is known for hosting an iconic 3-day FREE (with registration) music festival during the week of the Men’s Final Four games at Discovery Green in Houston, Texas. As of now, the lineup has not been released, but the NCAA promises to announce the performers towards the end of March Madness. 

The 2023 March Madness Music Festival will take place on:

  • Friday, March 31st: 4-10 PM CT

  • Saturday, April 1st: 2:30-9 PM CT

  • Sunday, April 2nd: 3-10 PM CT

In previous years, March Madness Music Festival has featured A-list musicians such as The Chainsmokers, Weezer, Rihanna, Pitbull and more. These performances have become a tournament staple and have established March Madness as one of the most exciting and entertaining events within the sports realm. Headliners won’t be announced until closer to the Final Four rounds, so check back here for more information then.

Whether you’re a fan of the games or the music festival, the March Madness tournament will surely be a thrilling and unforgettable experience for everyone involved.