Tickets are officially sold out for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center, where Kansas State plays Southern Mississippi on Thursday.
The only way tickets might become available is if some of the schools turn back their allotment, said Jason Varnish, box office manager of the 19,000-seat arena.
Schools have until 11 a.m. Central time Tuesday to turn in unsold tickets. But Varnish said if there are any available, he would wait until Wednesday to put them on sale.
K-State has sold its initial allotment of 350 tickets, which also includes distribution to the basketball team and staff. Schools have an option of requesting an additional 200, but KSU ticket manager Scott Garrett said he doesn’t expect the school to exercise that option.
“I don’t think we’ll need them,” Garrett said, adding that he has until the 11 a.m. deadline Tuesday to decide.
Tickets for the Pittsburgh site were in high demand because Syracuse, the East Regional’s top seed, plays there as do two schools in the general area, Ohio State and West Virginia.
Tickets for Omaha, where Kansas plays Detroit on Friday night, have been sold out for some time, said officials at the 17,260-seat CenturyLink Center.
As for Wichita State fans, tickets are still available for the Shockers’ Thursday game with Virginia Commonwealth in the Rose Garden Center in Portland, Ore., according to both the NCAA and Rose Garden websites.
WSU, however, has sold all of its allotment, including the 200 tickets on top of the 350 initial allotment.