WICHITA, Kansas – Shocker fans are getting excited for this years Big Dance, but tickets to the games don’t come cheap.
The bus ride, accommodations and tickets are running about $1,000 per person. The alumni package starts at about $400 a person but doesn’t include travel.
On Monday, the Wichita State Alumni Association Office was busy with ticket requests to Omaha.
“We’ve had phone ringing since last night. It has been a fan frenzy for sure,” said Courtney Marshall, Wichita State Alumni Association.
Across town at Village Tours, it’s been much of the same.
“I think at one point we had some 40 people to call back,” said Jeff Arensdorf, Village Tours.
Fans doubly excited to get a possible opportunity to see a long-waited match-up of Wichita State an KU.
“That would be awesome, great chance to see two Kansas teams in a national setting, that would be awesome,” said Lynn Brown, fan.
Brown was buying gear to cheer on the Shockers in Omaha.
The first round coming with perfect timing.
“It’s spring break! The shocks are in Omaha!” added Brown.
But for fans of both programs, it created a bit of a conundrum.
“We’re gonnna go root for both, but we’re hoping for WSU since they’re the home city team,” said Mary Kimmi, Wichita.
For others, it is a win-win situation. The big dance drumming up big business.
“Either one of the teams are fully capable of going beyond the Sweet 16, we just need to see which one of them is going to be there,” said Tad Snarenberger, Tad’s Locker Room.
And as Wichita State makes plans for the long haul.
“Next week, if we make it to the next round, we will have a charter flight and hotel plans for Cleveland.”