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How much does a week long final four trip cost you?

NEW ORLEANS (WNCN) – The Final Four couldn’t have ended better for North Carolina basketball fans. UNC and Duke will meet Saturday night with a trip to Monday’s championship game at stake.

If the existing rivalry – arguably the greatest in collegiate sports – and the opportunity to play for a championship aren’t enough, add the added drama that this is Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season.

Planning a trip to the Final Four, taking place in New Orleans this season, is a difficult task. Fans have two choices. One is to book the trip well in advance hoping your team will make it to the semifinals but expecting they can just enjoy some great basketball. The other way is to wait until the field is ready and try to make a last minute trip.

Those who chose the latter will likely need to break the bank to make the trip possible.

Tickets: More than $1,000

Anyone making the trip from North Carolina to New Orleans should plan to stay through Tuesday and go to both the Final Four on Saturday and the Championship on Monday.

Since the Duke-UNC game is later on Saturday, fans will need to get tickets for both sessions — even if they don’t want to see Kansas and Villanova.

As of Monday morning, a ticket for both sessions for the Final Four costs $822. according to TickPick. Obviously, these seats will be at the top of the Caesars Superdome on the 600 level. Tickets in the 300s or better start at $2,000. The average ticket price is $3,560.

The silver lining is that Monday’s Championship tickets start at $224 per TickPick. There’s no reason for Blue Devils and Tar Heels fans not to get through the finals. No matter who makes it to Monday, they have something to offer: either for their team or against their rival.

Travel: Between $250 and $2,100

Travel costs vary greatly between driving and flying. The drive from Raleigh to New Orleans is approximately 900 miles and would take approximately 13 hours without stops. GasBuddy estimates that a car averaging 28 miles per gallon on the highway would spend about $233 on gas — but that means following its directions and making nine stops to fill up at cheaper pumps. Without these savings, gas expenses would be closer to $250.

Due to time constraints, driving may not be feasible for many. Delta is offering a non-stop flight from RDU to New Orleans on Friday for $2,080 round trip. Google Flights doesn’t show flights remaining for Saturday that don’t include extended layovers.

Those who can spare an extra day in New Orleans can save some money by flying Thursday. American ($1,529) and Delta ($1,729) both offer flights that are relatively cheaper and have a short layover. Southwest doesn’t have many tickets left, but can take fans to and from New Orleans for around $750. The catch is that they have to fly there on Thursday and back on Wednesday because almost everything on the airline is sold out.

Hotels: Minimum $100 per night

There is no shortage of accommodation options around the Superdome. Most well-known hotel brands cost at least $160 per night. The closest hotel to the venue is the Hyatt House Downtown on Poydras Street, which costs $163 per night.

The nearby Hyatt Regency is available for those looking for more luxurious accommodations. It costs about $273 per night.

Looking at off-brand offerings, Factors Row by Sextant Stays is more like staying in an apartment. This might be desirable for those traveling with a group, as there are units with up to three bedrooms. It starts at $103 per night.

On average, the six hotels closest to the Superdome cost about $200 a night.

what is the total

Let’s look at the cheapest option first. A single person driving overnight from Thursday to Friday would pay for gas, four nights’ accommodation and tickets to the Final Four and league games. Gasoline will cost around $250, an average priced hotel would cost $800, and the cheapest tickets are $1,050.

Total: About $2,100

Without going too big, let’s look at a more medium-sized option. This is for someone who wants to save time by flying to New Orleans but doesn’t care where their seat is in the Superdome on Saturday and Monday. Non-stop flights to New Orleans on Friday and then back to Raleigh on Tuesday are $2,080. A four-day hotel stay costs about $800. Entry to the Saturday and Monday games alone costs $1,050.

Total: About $3,930

But the memory of being in the Superdome for the final matchup between Coach K and UNC against the backdrop of the Final Four? Priceless.

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DUSTIN JONES

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