INDIANAPOLIS (WITI) — For the first time in school history, the Wisconsin Badgers are back in the Final Four — for the second straight year! This means fans are also getting ready for a return trip!
Even though Jeff Willms says his Club Paragon Sports Bar in Milwaukee is a great place to “back Bucky,” on Monday, March 30th, Willms suggested folks go to Indianapolis for the Final Four if they can.
“‘Let’s go Badgers, and you’ve got 200 people chanting. The excitement at the Final Four is unbelievable,” Willms said.
Jeremy Leibfried made the trip to the Final Four last year, and now, he’s putting plans in place to head back this year.
“I knew we had a really good shot to make it back this year,” Leibfried said.
Having driven to Dallas for the Final Four last year, Leibfried says he learned a few lessons. One being — prepare to party.
“One of the coolest things that we experienced last year was all the different concerts that they have that are free,” Leibfried said.
Another lesson: Practice patience when purchasing NCAA Tournament tickets.
“A lot of people from the losing teams, the two teams that lose on Saturday usually skip town, so they`re looking to get rid of their Monday tickets for the championship pretty cheap,” Leibfried said.
Mike Holzberger with Connections Ticket Service says even being in the business for 20 years, he doesn’t know what’s going to happen to the ticket prices as we get closer to tip-off.
“Better seats, $700 to $750 for Saturday. About $900 to $1,000 for the package. Entry level seats — starting about $450 with about $650 for the package,” Holzberger said.
Holzberger says better seats aren’t great seats. Those, he says, will run you several thousand dollars.
With three of this year’s Final Four teams coming from within driving distance of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, he says he doesn’t expect ticket prices to go down.
The Badgers face the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, April 4th, and tip-off is set for 7:49 p.m.