Location, Location, LocationGetting a ticket to the Final Four is not unlike getting a ticket to the Super Bowl -- you need to be lucky, have a connection, or spend a tremendous amount of money as an advertiser on CBS. But the earlier rounds offer a tremendous sports fan experience at a reasonable cost, and the tickets aren't that tough to get -- if you're willing to buy in advance and see whatever teams happen to be assigned to your venue.
If you're a fan of a specific team, hoping to travel with them wherever they play, your best bet is to get tickets through the school or alumni association.
Of course, the best place to watch the games might very well be your own sofa. The first round in particular -- with games starting around noon Eastern and running until after midnight -- is couch potato nirvana.
The 2008 tournament will be played at the following locations:
Play-In Game - March 18:
- UD Arena, Dayton, OH
- Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
- Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
- Qwest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
- Verizon Center, Washington, DC
- BJCC Arena, Birmingham, AL
- Alltel Arena, Little Rock, AR
- RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
- Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Charlotte, NC
- US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
- Ford Field, Detroit, MI
- Reliant Stadium, San Antonio, TX
Final Four - April 5-7:
- Alamodome, Houston,TX
Locations are determined years in advance. For more information on sites and ticket lottery applications, consult the NCAA's official website.