RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The City of Richmond is throwing a party Wednesday as the Spiders and the Rams head to San Antonio for round 16 in the NCAA tournament.
College basketball fans in Richmond are encouraged to come out and participate in a citywide pep rally at 5 p.m. as the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University get ready for their big games on Friday.
It's been years since a city has had two teams still in this round, so VCU and UR are making history.
Richmond has become the first city since Los Angeles (in 2007) to send two teams to round 16 of the tournament — the fourth time ever in history.
The celebration will take place by the Turning Basin along the Canal Walk in Shockoe Bottom.
The presidents of both universities are going to be dramatically brought into the canal on decorated boats and Venture Richmond is expecting a huge crowd because of all the buzz surrounding the teams right now.
The rally is being held along the Canal Walk — near 14th and Dock streets — at 5 p.m. Wednesday, rain or shine.
Both schools are providing buses to make sure students get to the rally.
VCU students are also invited to send their team off Wednesday afternoon. The pep rally starts at 1:30 p.m. and fans can gather in the U-U lot on the west side of the Siegel Center.
Some lucky fans may also make the trip to San Antonio. VCU is holding a lottery for students, including game tickets and bus transportation.
There is also a send-off rally for UR at the Robins Center 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Sweet 16 t-shirts have arrived and there is a trip lottery, with UR raffling off 50 tickets for students to take bus to San Antonio.