Sweet 16 t-shirts & tickets for sale - Tucson News Now

Sweet 16 t-shirts & tickets for sale

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The excitement is growing as the Arizona Wildcats return to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Arizona beat Belmont and Harvard in the first weekend of the tournament.

Now they'll face Ohio State in the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Wildcat fans can't wait to get their hands on Sweet 16 items.

Even though it's time for red and blue to run through our veins, and the hype has begun, you'll have to wait at least a day to be dressed for it.

The UA bookstores do have plenty of "bracket" t-shirts for sale.

If you want a sweet 16 t-shirt, you can order it online.

However, whether you order online or buy it in person at the bookstore, you'll have to wait.

They weren't in by Monday.

"We're very excited. The t-shirts will be here tomorrow (Tuesday). We have a navy shirt coming in that you should be able to get at our bookstores on campus at noon tomorrow (Tuesday). Then we have a red Sweet 16 shirt that will be here about noon on Wednesday," says UA BookStore Customer Service Supervisor Kitty Martinez.

T-shirts will cost about 25 dollars each.

We're told they'll be available at all the UA BookStores.

It's first come, first served.

As for getting your hands on tickets to see the Wildcats play, there are none at the McKale Center Ticket Office.

You'll have to go online to get them, but that's not stopping the excitement, especially among the fans.

"I'm excited. I hope they beat Ohio State. they look great this year," says UA Alum John Ketchum, Class of '92.

Andy McClellan, UA Student: "I'm buying a U of A basketball t-shirt, yeah, because I love U of A basketball. So, I'm really excited about their chances," says UA student Andy McClellan.

As for hype surrounding the team on the way to Los Angeles, there won't be any.

"No goodbye party. We're pretty focused on the task at hand. We leave tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. And we'll get over to L.A. tomorrow night and we'll be there, hopefully, for an extended stay. That's the goal," says UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne.

Byrne says there are no tickets for sale at McKale because UA used up its allotment of 1,250 tickets from the NCAA.

He says they went to season ticket holders, Wildcat Club members and coaches' families.

There still are tickets available at sites you can get to through the NCAA.

You also can find tickets on sites such as Craigslist and StubHub.

Byrne advises you make sure they are legitimate tickets.

We checked out those sweet 16 tickets on Craigslist.

We found a pretty good selection of seats.

But they aren't bargains.

They run from the low $100 to more than $600 each.

Most sellers right now are asking for more than face value.

We saw tickets on StubHub going for as much as $8-thousand, but those are for great seats in sold out sections.

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