STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — University of Connecticut students are still reeling in excitement over the men’s basketball team’s win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The UConn Huskies are now moving on to compete in the Final Four NCAA Tournament against the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday in Houston, Texas.
All eyes are now on UConn’s next game in Houston and some are looking to see the action in person.
Flights to Houston and hotel rooms in the area are still available.
Rita Gates, the owner of Horizon Travel in Storrs, said flights from Hartford to Houston, Texas are about $500 right now and hotels are available from $150 to up to $1,400 a night. She also found game tickets from $122 for nosebleeds to courtside at $9,000.
“Depending on how many fans are rushing to purchase these tickets they are going to increase in cost the later you book of course,” Gates said.
“I would definitely be interested in that but that’s a lot of money you know what I mean?” said UConn freshman Keyron Haynes.
UConn’s athletic director David Benedict sent out a tweet to see if anyone was interested in buses to the game which could cost $400 to $500.
“I saw that and I have a couple of friends buying plane tickets but personally don’t have the money for that,” said UConn junior Joe Mooney. Plus, he has tests on Thursday and Friday.
One UConn cheerleader, who says she is one of the team’s biggest fans will be at the tournament.
“It’s definitely exciting especially being my senior year there’s no better way to go out than being at the Final Four with them,” Syndi Spencer said.
Airbnb is also warning fans about third-party scams regarding stays for the Final Four NCAA Tournament. The online rental booking site said, “Airbnb will never ask guests to pay for a stay somewhere other than on the Airbnb platform.”
Airbnb warns UConn fans of scams ahead of Final Four in Houston
“I just like the sense of community that it builds as well. Everybody’s coming together, cheering them on. Just wishing them luck overall. I think it’s really positive,” Haynes said.
How to support the team
Bear’s Smokehouse in Hartford, New Haven and Windsor will hold watch parties to cheer on the Huskies.
“Just come down, wear your UConn gear, and we’re all going to have a great time,” said Heather Malesko with the restaurant.
The game can also be watched at Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. A ticket is required. The tickets are free and can be purchased on UConn’s athletic website.
Merchandise is also flying off the shelves ahead of the big game.
“It’s been students, it’s been parents, it’s been people who don’t even go to UConn coming in to get the gear,” said Katherine Wojcick with the Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore.
Wojcik said the crowds have been coming through all week.
And if you’re watching the game at home, you can’t forget the snacks. Stew Leonard’s in Newington made specialty pop corn to support the team.
The team will have a sendoff at 4 p.m. Wednesday outside the Werth Family Basketball Champions Center.