Pep rally draws at least one thousand to downtown Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -A huge pep rally in downtown Richmond for Spiders and Rams fans.At least a thousand people rallied there!

They not only cheered for their teams but the city of Richmond and its future. One city unified for two teams sharing the national spotlight!

"Sweet 16 baby," screamed Lisa Van Riper, who works for U of R and teaches at VCU.

Proud Spiders and Rams fans unleashed their team spirit on downtown Richmond.

"I am absolutely VCU all the way, go Rams," chanted VCU Alum, Thaylene Pinnick.

"Go spiders," said Van Riper.

The river city renamed on this night: "Hoops capital of the world!" A message loud and clear for naysayers.

"This is how we do things in Richmond and we're excited," said Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones.

The presidents of U of R and VCU arrived in grand fashion. One boat decked out in black and gold, the other in red and blue.

UR President Edward Ayers and VCU President Michael Rao stepped into a swarm of fanfare.

"Thank our teams for putting Richmond on the map," said Dr. Rao.

"Thank you to Richmond for being our home we'll do our very best to honor your name," said Dr. Ayers.

They swapped ball caps with unwavering support.

"I want you to know I'm looking forward to rooting for you and I know you'll be rooting for me, Sunday we'll have to wait and see," said Dr. Rao to Dr. Ayers.

Mayor Jones said he's traveling to San Antonio for the Big Dance.

"I've been asked who I'm rooting for but I'm a much better politician than to answer that question," said Mayor Jones.

Whatever the outcome,  fans said the best is yet to come for Richmond.

"I think a whole lot of great things going to come from this," said Irvin Davis.

"It's going to increase the economy this is going to hit all levels," said Thaylene Pinnick.

Fans were thanked fans for coming together and sharing in this historic moment.  They were urged to spend game night out on the town and to bring their team spirit.

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