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2018 NCAA Tournament: How to get tickets to watch Virginia in the first and second rounds

It won’t be easy, but here are a few ways you can get tickets to Charlotte.

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The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers are headed to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the 16-seed UMBC Retrievers, and then possibly either the 8th-seeded Creighton Bluejays or the 9th-seeded Kansas State Wildcats on Sunday. Good news — it doesn’t look like there would be a lot of traveling fans there! Bad news, the other pod playing in Charlotte features the North Carolina Tar Heels, Lipscomb Bison, Rhode Island Rams, and Oklahoma Sooners, which means tickets to the Spectrum Center won’t be easy to come by (though teams will play in separate sessions).

Still, here are a few ways you might be able to get your paws on some tickets:

VAF Donors and Season Ticket Holders

The school will have a limited number of tickets available, but as always, these tickets will be distributed by the Virginia Athletics Foundation to donors and men’s basketball season ticket holders first, starting at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 on VirginiaSports.com. You can also give the ticket office a call at 1-800-542-8821 on Monday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The deadline to request tickets is Monday at 2, and all requests will be fulfilled in VAF priority points order. If you are successful, you’ll hear by Monday night via email.

Current UVA Students

If you’re a student, you have a five-hour block, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 12 to request your tickets to the first- and second-round games at UVAShots.com. Similarly to the VAF tickets, student tickets will be awarded based on Sabre point tickets, and they are not free. You’ll pay for both first- and second-round games at once, but if Virginia doesn’t make it to the Round of 32, you’ll get a partial refund. Note that each student will only be allowed to request one ticket.

Everyone Else

You’re on your own. Tickets are available for sale to the public at the Spectrum Center Box Office online at Ticketmaster. At the time of this post, the cheapest ticket is $198 per all-session ticket, and only upper level tickets are available. Upper- and lower-level tickets are also available on StubHub, starting at $225 and going all the way up to $2,500 per all-session ticket at the time of publish.