Virginia Pride Grows

By: colleen.quigley@newsplex.com
By: colleen.quigley@newsplex.com

March 24, 2014

The University of Virginia men's basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. ‘Hoo fans have been celebrating not just in Charlottesville, but Hoo-fever is spreading coast to coast.

Mincer's and the UVa. Bookstore say Cavalier gear is flying off the shelves.

UVa. basketball wins boost school spirit, and retail sales.

"In the thirty years I've been here...I've never seen anything like it," said UVa. Bookstore Executive Director John Kates

At Mincer’s, it's been all hands on deck. Owner Mark Mincer says his whole family has been in the store sending Cav gear all the way from Massachusetts to Missouri and Colorado to Connecticut.

"It’s been fantastic for us, it's been nonstop sales since Sunday night," said Mincer. “We've been extremely busy both here and Stonefield. And online, the website, its exceeded expectations."

The team's first Sweet 16 appearance in almost 20 years, and Kates says fans have been hungry for a UVa. team to excel on a national level.

"What we are finding in renewed school pride. A lot of people are happy and proud to wear Virginia merchandise," said Kates.

For those dying to get some Sweet 16 gear, both store are currently taking orders, and will have shipments as early as Monday night.


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