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March Madness Invades Richmond

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - At a time when sports fans get excited about March Madness, Richmond has two local teams to cheer on.

Both VCU and the University of Richmond are going dancing in the NCAA Tournament.

Fans are dreaming big on both campuses. Almost every year a few Davids will slay Goliath during the tournament and both Spiders and Rams fans think their team is up to the challenge.

Students were back on campus today after spring break at U of R and the campus was buzzing. Many students are seeing red, Spider red, after Richmond made the NCAA Tournament.

"It's crazy," said freshman Ben Spivak.  "A lot of people were pessimistic before the A10 and the slide the season had kind of taken but everybody, it's just incredible. There's big buzz."

"Everyone is really pumped," said sophomore Mina Vecic. "I know like on Facebook it's been on a lot of people's statuses and they've been receiving a lot of support and I texted a couple guys on the team I know and told them congratulations."

The timeless cliche of taking one game at a time is lost on a lot of students this week. Richmond fans think Cinderella might be a Spider this year.

"It's a big deal right now," Spivak said. "Everyone seems to be really excited. Hopefully we can win some games, make it to the Sweet 16 and play Kansas."

On VCU's campus, they may not be buzzing quite as much, mainly because students are on spring break, but the fans that are still there are pleasantly surprised their team made the tournament.

"After the last game they had it seemed like all hope was lost," said VCU fan Sophia Booker. "I was really excited about it."

Regardless of whether the experts think VCU belongs in the tournament or not, Rams fans are just excited to see them on college basketball's biggest stage.

"We don't have any professional teams around here," said Rams fan Ryan Pack. "To see VCU playing national teams on TV is pretty exciting."

If you want to see the games in action, it'll cost you a pretty penny. A last minute travel package to Denver to see U of R or to Dayton for the VCU game will both cost about a thousand dollars - and that doesn't include a ticket to the game.

VCU's first game is Wednesday against Southern California. Richmond will play it's first round game Thursday against Vanderbilt.

Here are a list of alumni-sponsored watch parties for VCU.

Champps at Stony Point - http://champps.com/default.aspx?tabid=269
9202 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA 23235
804-323-6053

Glory Days Bar and Grill - http://www.glorydaysgrill.com/
10466 Ridgefield Pkwy.
Richmond, VA  23233
804-754-3710

Home Team Grill - http://www.hometeamgrill.com/homeFan.html
1630 W. Main St. at Vine
Richmond, VA 23114
804-254-7360

Mulligans -  http://richmond.citysearch.com/profile/10533987/richmond_va/mulligan_s_the_fan.html
1323 W Main St  
Richmond, VA 23230
804-346-8686

Quaker Steak and Lube - http://www.quakersteakandlube.com/Richmond_VA/
8000 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23294
804-217-WING

Chili's at VCU - http://www.chilis.com/en/locations/pages/LocationLanding.aspx?RestaurantId=701.816.0005&Tab=0&OnlineEnabled=False&Country=US
355 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23284
804-828-8484

WingZone - http://www.wingzone.com/locations/wings-map-richmond-wz128.html
8310 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA 23228
804-553-1515

T-Miller's - http://www.tmillerssportsbar.com/
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA

Dave and Busters - http://www.daveandbusters.com/
4001 Brownstone Boulevard
Glen Allen, VA 23060
804-967-7399

Champps at Stony Point - http://champps.com/default.aspx?tabid=269
9202 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA 23235

804-323-6053

Glory Days Bar and Grill - http://www.glorydaysgrill.com/
10466 Ridgefield Pkwy.
Richmond, VA  23233

804-754-3710


Home Team Grill -
http://www.hometeamgrill.com/homeFan.html
1630 W. Main St. at Vine
Richmond, VA 23114
804-254-7360

Mulligans -  
http://richmond.citysearch.com/profile/10533987/richmond_va/mulligan_s_the_fan.html
1323 W Main St  
Richmond, VA 23230
804-346-8686

Quaker Steak and Lube - http://www.quakersteakandlube.com/Richmond_VA/
8000 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23294
804-217-WING

Chili's at VCU -
http://www.chilis.com/en/locations/pages/LocationLanding.aspx?RestaurantId=701.816.0005&Tab=0&OnlineEnabled=False&Country=US
355 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23284
804-828-8484

WingZone -
http://www.wingzone.com/locations/wings-map-richmond-wz128.html
8310 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA 23228
804-553-1515


T-Miller's - http://www.tmillerssportsbar.com/
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA


Dave and Busters - http://www.daveandbusters.com/
4001 Brownstone Boulevard
Glen Allen, VA 23060
804-967-7399

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