ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sports fans looking to take in the biggest college basketball tournament of the year can expect to pay less than last year according to a recent report* by the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC). The average ticket price from the Final Four states to the tournament’s host city, Phoenix, for the culmination of March Madness is $431, down from $663 last year’s tournament, which was held in Houston. The national average ticket price to fly to the tournament is $417, down $180 from last year.
Air travel to Phoenix increased an average of 25 percent from states with teams in the tournament—South Carolina (University of South Carolina), Washington (Gonzaga University), Oregon (University of Oregon) and North Carolina (University of North Carolina). Fans watching at home may see more Gamecocks in the crowd as 46% of travelers are flying from South Carolina. Tarheel fans are close behind with 32% of travelers flying from North Carolina, 17% from Oregon and 7% from Washington.
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*Notes for Editors:
- Results are based on roundtrip air tickets purchased from 12,340 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies to destinations Phoenix, Ariz. and Houston, Texas.
- Travel includes trips from March 31 through April 3, 2017 and April 1–5, 2016.
- Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines.
- Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.
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