March Madness 2013

March Madness doesn’t have to drive you mad trying to score tickets. Whether you’re looking ahead to next year or trying to get in on the 2013 action, there are ways to see the nation’s top teams duke it out without pulling your hair out or driving your friends and family nuts. Take a deep breath and think through your options.

Purchase Tickets From the NCAA:
Usually, the NCAA announces ticket information in April the year before. This gives you an entire year to console yourself over this year’s results and plan for your team’s certain glory next year. By ordering tickets directly from the NCAA, you avoid potential problems such as overpaying for your ticket or potentially buying a forgery without knowing it.

At the NCAA website, you can also get tickets to the women’s basketball tournaments, as well as all the other exciting NCAA events. Other benefits of buying directly from the NCAA include the ease of ordering several different ways, including online, by phone or through the mail.

Purchase Tickets From the Venue:
The host venues also sell tickets directly to consumers. Deadlines for ordering differ from venue to venue, but if your application for a ticket is denied for any reason (say, the event was sold out or you missed the deadline), you’re eligible for a full refund. This means the purchase is solid and secure.

The schedule for March Madness is announced 3-4 years ahead of time, so you can purchase tickets well in advance and have no worries about whether you can get in or not. These tickets are guaranteed to be legitimate and you’ll always pay no more than face value.

Purchase Tickets From a Reputable Reseller:
Running short on time? A reseller may be your best bet. As long as you choose a reputable reseller, the transaction is as safe as purchasing tickets directly from the NCAA or the host venue. Look for a reseller that offers a 100% guarantee in case the game is cancelled or there is any problem with your admittance to the event.

Resellers also offer a number of ways to pay, including by credit or debit card, check or cash. Most reputable ticket resellers take orders over the phone, online, in person or by mail. Stick with the known and trusted ticket resell vendors and steer clear of backstreet scalpers who over inflate ticket prices and sometimes sell forged tickets. And, no, you can’t fool the ticket takers at the gate with a phony.

Win Free Tickets:
Do you feel lucky? Or perhaps just desperate? Try winning tickets to March Madness with a contest like the 21st Century Insurance contest Car Madness. Just fill out a simple bracket form predicting the winning cars in the contest and you can get your tickets absolutely free, and in the nick of time, too. Sure, not everyone who enters wins – but it’s a guarantee that people who don’t enter absolutely can’t win.

Now that you’ve easily (and sanely) scored March Madness tickets, it’s time to look forward to baseball season!