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FanSnap(R) Ticket Search Engine Highlights the Best Values in NCAA Tournament Tickets

(March 15, 2010)

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/15/10 -- FanSnap®, the leading live event ticket search engine, today announced the availability of thousands of great NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament tickets, even for those sessions that are already 'sold out.' Fans searching for NCAA tickets on FanSnap are saving time and money, and benefiting from an amazing choice of tickets to the Final Four® in Indianapolis, as well as the Elite 8® in Syracuse, Salt Lake City, Saint Louis and Houston, and the Sweet 16® and opening rounds of the West Region, Midwest Region, South Region and East Region.

The NCAA tournament is unique in that hoops fans have very little time to make ticket and travel arrangements once the pairings are revealed, and throughout the month they must react quickly if they are fortunate enough to have their team advance through the bracket. Part of what drives fans to madness in March is the exercise of checking ticket site after ticket site to try and find the set of tickets that best meet their budget.

"FanSnap ticket search results, gleaned from searching dozens of ticket sites, include hundreds or in some cases thousands of tickets for each game," said FanSnap CEO Mike Janes. "FanSnap makes it very hard for fans to overpay, as fans using the FanSnap ticket search engine can easily identify at a glance the 'best value' tickets -- those that are priced substantially below the other available comparable tickets by 10%, 25%, even 50% less."

For example, FanSnap ticket search results currently show 4,000+ NCAA Championship Game tickets from nine ticket sites, which represent hundreds of sellers. The asking prices for comparable NCAA Championship Game tickets vary by as much as 60%.

The variation in asking prices for the Regionals is similar, where comparable tickets to the Elite 8 games vary by up to 50%. For example, fans using FanSnap can find tickets to the Midwest Regional, for half the price of other tickets being offered in the same area of the arena.

- West Regional (Salt Lake City) - up to 43% variation
- East Regional (Syracuse) - up to 52% variation
- Midwest Regional (St Louis) - up to 51% variation
- South Regional (Houston) - up to 58% variation

FanSnap highlights the best ticket values at any given moment. Fans can buy on their own schedule rather than waiting to purchase in an attempt to get a better value, and risking missing out on the best, or any, tickets altogether. Fans searching all NCAA tournament events will see FanSnap's convenient up-to-the-moment summary table of the available best values at different price points. Fans can also use FanSnap's award-winning dynamic FanSnap Maps(SM), noting both the best value star icons, as well as being able to zoom into an incredibly useful row-level view that highlights ticket offers that often differ by 10% to 25%, even within the same section of the arena.

A review of current NCAA ticket prices on FanSnap also shows average asking prices vary greatly from Regional to Regional, e.g. for NCAA Regional Finals tickets:
- In Salt Lake City, West Regional tickets start at $103 and average $191.
- In Syracuse, East Regional tickets start at $109 and average $287.
- In St Louis, Midwest Regional tickets start at $68 and average $200.
- In Houston, South Regional tickets start at $30 and average $207.

The ticket variability is even more pronounced for Round 1 and 2 games. The average price of an "all-sessions strip" (tickets to all the games at a venue) in Buffalo is $140 more than for any other venue.

FanSnap was named to the "PC World 100: Best Products of 2009" and also named "Most Innovative New Search Engine" of the Search Engine Watch (SEW) Awards 2009.

About FanSnap is the live event ticket search engine for fans. Our mission is to provide the most comprehensive, accurate, fast and easy-to-use resource for fans to find best value tickets to sports, concerts, and theatre events. FanSnap provides free ticket search results for dozens of the leading ticket providers, including TicketsNow, TicketNetwork, StubHub, RazorGator, Las Vegas Tickets, Gold Coast Tickets, eBay, Barry's Tickets, AllShows, and Ace Ticket. Our detailed ticket-level search results, totaling more than 17 million sports, theater and concert tickets to 80,000 events, are made possible by the combination of strategic industry partnerships and systems integration, as well as our FanSnap TicketData(SM) systems and patent-pending dynamic FanSnap Maps(SM). is also optimized for iPhone access. Palo Alto, CA-based FanSnap was founded in 2007 and is funded by General Catalyst Partners and Highland Capital Partners.

Sweet 16®, Elite 8®, Final Four®, March Madness®, and NCAA® are registered marks of the National Collegiate Athletics Association.

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