The price of admission ...

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Prior to the 2013 Women's Final Four in New Orleans, more than 6.5 million fans had attended Division I women's basketball championship games over the past 31 years.

Maybe it's not so crazy that collegiate sports are a multi-million dollar industry considering they've had 139 years to get the ball rolling. Back in 1874, McGill University in Montreal traveled to Cambridge, Mass., to play Harvard in what some consider the first ever college football game. There, Harvard charged 50 cents for admission. Today, it’s hard to find any “cheap seats” for a marquis NCAA event. To attend this year's Women's Final Four, for example, seats cost anywhere from $99 to $800, according to the NCAA.

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