The annual March Madness Tournament is one of the most popular college sporting events. Whether basketball fans enjoy being in the thick of the game or just watching from their couch, there will be plenty of games to please event the most avid fans. This year, March Madness 2012 will take place between Tuesday, March 12 and Monday, April 2. During this period, numerous teams from the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) play in a tournament in attempt to make it to the “Final Four”.
The tournament is broken down into different brackets where teams play and advance accordingly to their wins. In 2012, the First Round will take place on March 13 and 14, the Second and Third Rounds will take place on March 15 and 17, Regional Tournaments will be held on March 22 and 24 and the best part of this college basketball tournament will take place on March 31 and April 2. Throughout the tournament, these games will be played across the country and hosted in various sports venues. The Final Four will be held at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, a great ending to this exciting tourney.
Depending on what part of the tournament you would like to attend, and where you are willing to travel, the prices on airline tickets can vary drastically. From Ohio and New Mexico to Tennessee and Massachusetts, all of these games are extremely popular and tickets to the games themselves can be hard to come by and often sell out far in advance. Affordable airfares to these destinations can be secured in advance but will be booked quickly as the tournament has a large following.
The best games to attend are during the Final Four as they are the climax of the tournament. It is a double bonus this year as the final games are being held in one of the most popular destination cities in the United States, New Orleans. With a slew of great bars and restaurants, a vibrant culture and beautiful architecture, visitors will never have a dull moment. Since this is such a popular time to travel to New Orleans, it is advised to plan your travel itinerary in advance as cheap tickets to New Orleans will be hard to come by the longer you wait to book.
Just like cheap flights to New Orleans can be difficult to come by, tickets to the actual games on March 31 and April 2 sell out far in advance. There is usually an application process to acquire these tickets at a reasonable price. However, if money is no problem for those looking to take part in the March Madness, visitors will find tickets to these games available at extremely high prices. In order to secure the most budget-friendly airfares, accommodation deals and tickets to games, no matter which game you fancy going to, be sure to make your plans as soon as the dates and games are made public.