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March Madness 2024: What You Need To Know

Jan 2, 2024

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Kristen Humphries

March Madness, the annual NCAA college basketball tournament, is a highlight in the sports calendar, drawing fans from all corners of the globe. As we gear up for March Madness 2024, there's a palpable excitement in the air. 

Whether you're a seasoned fan or new to the frenzy, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about this thrilling event.

Understanding March Madness

Before diving into the specifics of the 2024 tournament, let's address the fundamental question: What is March Madness

This annual tournament brings together 68 college basketball teams from the NCAA Division I level, competing in a single-elimination format. It's a time of high stakes, unexpected upsets, and basketball at its finest.

Key Dates for 2024 March Madness

One of the first questions on everyone's mind is: When does March Madness start? The tournament typically begins in mid-March and runs through early April. Specific dates for 2024 were just announced in mid-December 2023.

Sites for the Men’s 2024 March Madness Tournament

Round

Venue

City

Dates

Tickets

First Four

UD Arena

Dayton, OH

March 19 - 20

Tickets

First/Second

Barclays Center

Brooklyn, NY

March 22 - 24

Tickets

First/Second

Spectrum Center

Charlotte, NC

March 21 - 23

Tickets

First/Second

Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Indianapolis, IN

March 22 - 24

Tickets

First/Second

CHI Health Center

Omaha, NE

March 21 - 23

Tickets

First/Second

PPG Paints Arena

Pittsburgh, PA

March 21 - 23

Tickets

First/Second

Delta Center

Salt Lake City, UT

March 21 - 23

Tickets

First/Second

Spokane Arena

Spokane, WA

March 22 - 24

Tickets

First/Second

FedExForum

Memphis, TN

March 22 - 24

Tickets

East Regional

TD Garden

Boston, MA

March 28 - 30

Tickets

South Regional

American Airlines Center

Dallas, TX

March 29 - 31

Tickets

Midwest Regional

Little Caesars Arena

Detroit, MI

March 29 - 31

Tickets

West Regional

Crypto.com Arena

Los Angeles, CA

March 28 - 30

Tickets

Future March Madness Locations & Dates

Final Four Dates

Venue

City

April 6 & 8, 2024

State Farm Stadium

Phoenix, AZ

April 5 & 7, 2025

Alamodome

San Antonio, TX

April 4 & 6, 2026

Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis, IN

April 3 & 5, 2027

Ford Field

Detroit, MI

April 1 & 3, 2028

Allegiant Stadium

Las Vegas, NV

March 31 & April 2, 2029

Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis, IN

April 6 & 8, 2030

AT&T Stadium

Arlington, TX

The 2023 March Madness Champions

Reflecting on the past, who won March Madness 2023? The previous tournament was a showcase of skill, strategy, and sheer willpower, culminating in a thrilling finale. The No. 4 seed UConn beat San Diego State, taking home its fifth national championship.

The 2023 champions set a high bar for the teams in 2024, promising another round of intense competition.

The March Madness Tournament Structure

March Madness is more than just a series of basketball games; it's a journey through various stages, each with its unique charm. The tournament begins with the First Four, followed by the first and second rounds, the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, and finally, the much-anticipated Final Four

The Final Four is the culmination of the tournament, where the last-standing teams battle it out for the national championship.

What's New in 2024 for March Madness?

Each year, March Madness brings something new to the table. For 2024, fans can expect enhancements in digital engagement, more fan-centric experiences, and potentially new venues that add to the tournament's allure. 

Stay tuned for updates as the tournament approaches.

Where to Watch March Madness

Where to watch March Madness is a common query among fans. The games are broadcast on various platforms, including television and streaming services. Additionally, for the ultimate experience, fans can attend the games in person. 

Tickets are available on platforms like SeatGeek, where you can find the best seats for your favorite games.

Planning Your March Madness Experience

With the tournament spanning several weeks and multiple locations, planning is key. Consider which games you want to attend and start looking at tickets early. Remember, the later stages of the tournament, especially the Final Four, are incredibly popular, so securing tickets in advance is crucial.

The Final Four: A Closer Look

The Final Four is not just a couple of basketball games; it's a cultural event. Held in a different city each year, it brings together the best of college basketball, fan activities, and entertainment. The 2024 Final Four is set to be an unforgettable experience, with fans eagerly anticipating the location announcement.

Building the March Madness Hype

As we approach March Madness 2024, the excitement builds. Teams are gearing up, fans are making predictions, and the sports world is buzzing with anticipation. Whether you're cheering for a specific team or just love the sport, March Madness offers something for everyone.

Buy March Madness Tickets on SeatGeek

March Madness 2024 is shaping up to be another spectacular event in the world of college basketball. From the first tip-off to the final buzzer, it promises excitement, drama, and unforgettable moments. 

Stay updated on the latest news, plan your experience, and be part of the madness. 

And remember, for all your ticket needs, SeatGeek is your go-to destination to ensure you don't miss a moment of the action. Use code BLOG20 for $20 off your first eligible purchase of $100 or more!

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What is a March Madness session ticket?

When buying March Madness tickets on SeatGeek, you have a number of options when it comes to seeing your favorite NCAA team. Because all the venues host multiple games over multiple days, the tickets to the event are either sold together as a package or split up.

What is the difference between March Madness session tickets?

All Sessions

These are the most straightforward, and give you access to all the games at that venue. Whether it is the First Four, the Final Four or one of the regional sites, when you buy an All Session ticket you are able to attend all of the games in that location.

Sessions Specific

Most fans end up opting for session specific tickets because they are focused on seeing their specific team. At the first and second round locations there are three different sessions, while at the regional locations there are two different sessions. The table below demonstrates what each session gets you access to:

First and Second Round Locations

Session #

Description

Session 1

The first two games of the first round and day at that location, typically in the early afternoon

Session 2

The last two games of the first round and day at that location, typically in the evening

Session 3

The two second round games at that location. These take place two days after the first round

Regional Locations

Session #

Description

Session 1

The two Sweet 16 games at that location. Your ticket gives you access to both

Session 2

The one Elite 8 game at that location

As you can see, in most cases a single session ticket will still give you access to multiple games, but if you want to see every game at a specific location you either need to buy an all session pass or tickets for each of the sessions.

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