Final Four fever at Villanova

March 31, 2009 4:26:08 PM PDT
"Final Four fever" has overtaken the campus of Villanova University.At the campus book store, Final Four shirts went on sale, and they went out the door by the armful Tuesday.

Fans gladly waited in line to take home their treasures.

Business was so brisk, there was no time to tally up total sales, only web orders.

"On a normal Monday we do, say, 50 web orders. Yesterday's orders were 1,400," said Jane Del Grippo, the book store's assistant manager.

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Outside, fraternity and sorority members gathered for a charitable food drive. Many talked about driving to Detroit on Friday to be a part of the Final Four.

"So excited! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that this is happening while in college," said Villanova student Kelli Imhoff.

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Villanova's alumni group is booking Final Four packages. A $500 donation to the school plus another $1,000 to $1,700 will get you game tickets in the official Villanova section, plus parties and a hotel room.

A check of the internet shows tickets are available. Prices range from a few hundred dollars to thousands. However, according to Alex Chambers of StubHub, prices are significantly down this year.

"Tickets this year they're about $440 average for the games. Last year, they were about $750," Chambers said.

Those ticket prices are down because the economy, and corporations aren't buying the number of tickets they usually would.

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