There’s no bigger rivalry in college basketball than Duke/North Carolina and there’s no more expensive ticket prices in college basketball than Saturday night’s game between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels. The game at Cameron Indoor Stadium is the most expensive regular season game of the entire 2013-14 regular season, costing almost $1,000 just to get into the game. The stakes of this game have gone up even higher after Duke’s loss to Wake Forest Wednesday night.
Duke basketball tickets at home have been the most expensive on average all season, but no game has come close to the regular season finale on Saturday night. The average price for a ticket on the secondary market was $1,804 at the start of the week, but have now dropped to $1,382 after the loss with a limited number of tickets still available. The get-in price is nearing quadruple digits as well and has risen over the week, currently at $904 for the cheapest ticket. These two teams met two weeks ago in Chapel Hill with an average price of $227, a game in which North Carolina was able to score the upset.
Prices for many games this weekend have been lowered by fans waiting for the conference tournaments to start, but Duke fans aren’t sacrificing this game for ACC tournament tickets, even now that this game doesn’t have as big of an effect on tournament seeding. The Tar Heels come into this game on a 12-game winning streak, above the Blue Devils in the ACC standings and with the same overall season record. With 15 teams in the conference, the top four seeds will get a two-round bye. North Carolina and Duke are currently seeds No. 3 and No. 4. North Carolina could jump Syracuse in the conference with a win and Orange loss to Florida State. The Blue Devils can finish no worse than fourth.
Conference tournament seedings are still secondary to the result of this game for most fans across North Carolina. This game becomes especially important for Duke after losing two of their past four games and three total games since the start of February. With North Carolina turning their season around after a stretch of four losses in five games during January, these two teams enter the game on two different trajectories.
Fans attending the game will be paying a premium, but history has shown any game between these two teams can be worth any price of admission.