Last-Minute Trip to Sweet Sixteen Will Cost Fans

UPDATE:

March 25, 2014

A shuttle from Charlottesville to New York City is offering Cavalier fans a chance to ride back to Central Virginia for free – if the ‘Hoos win their next two games at Madison Square Garden.

The Starlight Express is offering a “Final Four Freebie.”

Travelers who purchase a ticket for the bus on Monday, March 31 will get their ticket fully refunded if Virginia advances through the next two games of the NCAA tournament.

For more details on the deal, click HERE.

Tickets range from $49.95 to $69.95.


March 24, 2014

On Friday, the UVa men's basketball team will take on Michigan State at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

With little time between the team's last win and the next game, fans are making last-minute travel plans to the Sweet Sixteen.

"People who've managed to get tickets are the lucky ones," said UVa first-year student Nick Kim. "A lot of my friends are going to Madison Square Garden to see the game, so I'm really jealous."

Traveling on late notice to none other than the most expensive city in the U.S. is not exactly easy on the wallet, but some fans say you can't put a price on pride.

"I think it's an experience," said UVa fourth-year student Chris Duong. "I was actually trying to get a ticket myself to go up even though I have plans this weekend. It's just a very rare feeling and once in a lifetime, so I want to enjoy it as well."

Wahoo fans making the trip will dish out varying amounts of money to make it to The Big Apple, depending on how they get there.

We wanted to see what it would cost for fans leaving Charlottesville on Thursday and coming back on Saturday -- a trip there, a trip back, two-night hotel stay and a ticket to the game.

While prices are bound to change, here's how things stood on Monday afternoon.

If you want to fly, it could cost you anywhere from $870 to about $1,100 to leave from the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. Richmond flights came in around $500 to $1,000 roundtrip, while departing from Dulles was about $700 to $1,000.

Gassing up a mid-sized car and hitting the road from Charlottesville would cost more than $100 for all 682 miles traveled, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

The least expensive Amtrak train listed on Monday afternoon would set riders back around $275 roundtrip.

A seat on a Greyhound bus, about $145.

Physically getting to the game is one thing, but actually seeing it is another.

On Monday, "cheap" tickets would set you back $200 according to seatgeek.com, $273 on vividseats.com and $350 on stubhub.com.

Something else to think about -- where you're staying once you reach New York City. The average price for a hotel room near Madison Square Garden will cost visitors about $200 to $400 a night.

"It's been so long since we won the ACC, so we have a feeling it's going to be our year," said Kim.

As for the high costs for the fans?

"They'll figure it out later," he joked.


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