Monday, March 25, 2013
Shocker Nation is in a frenzy today, as the WSU faithful prepare for sweetness. The Shockers are in the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years with a good chance to make it to the elite 8 for the first time since 1981.
Game tickets will cost you about $200. Round trip airfare to LA is about $750. Add a hotell room for a couple of nights at LA prices and you can expect to spend about $1,500 per person if you would like to go. It certainly appears the Shockers will have at least a thousand faithful fans in the stands at the Staples Center on Thursday.
"It's been pretty crazy," said Russ Wilkins, Asst. Athletic Director of ticket sales. "Solid calls. Hang up the phone, it rings again. Over and over."
Although the ticket lobby wasn't busy, it was quite the opposite on the other side of the ticket window. Four staff members were answering phones non-stop all morning.
"There have been numerous people that have been calling me," Wilkins said. "They're on the road... or sending me an email headed out to Los Angeles to just drive out there."
Die hard Shocker fan Rick Schroer walked up to get his tickets this morning after travelling to DC with the team in the first round of the NCAA tournament. He missed Salt Lake City, but won't miss the Sweet 16 at the Staples Center."
"They way I look at it, if you get this far, you can beat anybody," Schroer said. "Whoever you're playing next, you can beat. We are convinced of that. We already beat the #1 team in the nation."
Across campus at the Rhatigan Student Center, it was steady foot traffic around three tables of just-arrived Sweet 16 shirts and hoodies.
As of about 4:30 Monday, 750 tickets were sold, which means the WSU ticket office still has about 500 left. If they don't sell by early Tuesday, WSU will give them back to the NCAA.