Thursday, March 28, 2013
KU fans are taking over the Dallas area as they arrive to support the Jayhawks in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Fans are traveling to Arlington, Texas, by the thousands, but many other KU fans are lucky enough to have the Jayhawks come to them.
"I've always wanted to see them live," Payton Jantz said.
Thanks to the Jayhawks appearing in the Sweet 16 in Arlington, Jantz -- who has grown up in Texas -- will get to see KU in person. She was on her way in to Dallas Cowboys Stadium Thursday afternoon to watch the Jayhawks practice. She was looking forward to watching her favorite player, Jeff Withey.
"I'm just looking forward to him dunking and making points and getting blocks to get him on the charts," Jantz said.
Her dad, Loren Jantz, grew up in Wichita. He is excited to have a piece of home come visit the place he now calls home.
"It was so close I had to pull the kids out of school and bring them down to practice today," he said.
The Jantz family is not alone in excitement for the Jayhawks' visit to Texas.
"I've been in Texas for 28 years now," said Bruce Hrabak, a KU fan originally from Leavenworth, Kan. "It's very exciting for the Jayhawks to be here again."
Dennis Schroeder attended KU in the 60s. He has lived in the Dallas area since 1984, so he knows there will be no shortage of alumni from Michigan, Florida and even Florida Gulf Coast who live close enough to come cheer their teams.
"They're going to be rooting for their people just like I am mine," Schroeder said.
All of these excited bsketball fans will fill much of Dallas Cowboys Stadium Friday night to watch KU take on Michigan. Tip-off is set for 6:37 p.m.