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NCAA Tournament tickets go on sale Saturday

By Rodney McKissic

Tickets for the second and third rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at First Niagara Center will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday said Rich Ensor, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference commissioner.

First Niagara Center is one of eight sites hosting second and third round games which will be played with a Thursday-Saturday format on March 20 and 22.

According to the Niagara Center website, a ticket for all three sessions costs between $198 and $252 before fees.

“We’re always excited to be involved in the NCAA and it allows us to show to the NCAA the great facility we have here in Buffalo,” said Ensor on Monday during the Big 4 Basketball Media Day at the First Niagara Center. “It’s something that excites the fans.”

Buffalo was a huge winner the last time the Tournament was held here in 2010.

Of the eight venues that held games in the first and second rounds, Buffalo had the highest attendance, with a total of 56,535 fans for an average of 18,845. The local average was higher than Salt Lake City's, which held West Regional semifinal and finals games in front of an average of 17,420. The other regionals were held in high-capacity domes, including Reliant Stadium in Houston, which seats more than 71,000 for football.

“As in the past, we want to sell out this building,” Ensor said. “It’s important for our fans moving forward that this arena be filled and be exciting.”

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