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Expenses High for Final Four Trip


If you weren't a badger fan before Saturday, it may be hard to avoid feeling some Wisconsin pride now. Many fans are looking to score tickets for a trip to watch them play in Texas, but it won't come cheap.

A quick check of ticket prices on the NCAA website as of Monday night lists seats in the upper level at $220. If you want a better view from center court, you're looking at more than $6,000.

Then there's airfare. Scott Hunger is the owner of Travel Leaders in Wausau. He says the least expensive round trip, Friday to Tuesday out of Minneapolis to Dallas would probably cost around $775. Flights out of Milwaukee would run a little higher and around $868.

Add in a rental car for four days for $300, and a hotel stay, and you can quickly see the expenses adding up.

"Because it's a big city in Dallas, if you were wanting to drive a little further, you could probably find a comfort inn for $89, but if you wanted to stay at the Hyatt, it's going to be $450," says Hunger.

And as the final four game against Kentucky inches closer and closer, Hunger says demand will drive that price even higher, but some say it's about more than just seeing dollar signs.

Jeff Kubeny is a Badger fan wishing he could experience Wisconsin in the tournament first-hand.

"If we could go and swing it and it wouldn't impact us negatively, I mean money-wise, yeah, you gotta look at experiences. How often are you going to be able to do something like that?" Kubeny says.

Hunger adds that another option is to drive. He said you could get there in 20 to 24 hours. If you have a car with four people, you could split the cost of gas to bring travel expenses down.


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