RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – If you want to see your VCU rams take on Butler in the Final Four this weekend, there are tickets available but you need to know where to look. The same goes for airfare to Houston.
This is basically going to be a balancing act. You're going to have to compare how far out of your way you want to travel, how far away from the court you want to sit and how much money you want to shell out to see the rams make history.
Given the enthusiasm of VCU fans, it's safe to say the rams' Final Four game is the hottest ticket in town. Chad Brown is the owner of Plus 1 Tickets. He's been getting people into sold out events for almost a decade.
"This is probably the biggest ticket I've ever seen in the city of Richmond, probably the state of Virginia as far as the magnitude and the prices and the demand," he explained.
Brown said right now his cheapest ticket, for a so-called nosebleed seat will run you about $200. A premium seat could cost you $2,000.
"It's not going to be a typical go to Ticketmaster.com and get your ticket," he said. "You're going to need to give a broker, someone on the secondary market a phone call or visit their website and look at a seating chart and figure out what works with your price budget."
So you've secured your tickets to the game, now how are you going to get there? There are only two nonstop flights between Richmond and Houston every day. They carry 50 passengers each.
We went to the experts to get you some more options. Orbitz told NBC12 tickets will run you about $1,000 right now, but trying another Texas airport could be cheaper. The same goes for hotel rooms. Ones near Reliant Stadium cost close to $400 but staying a 20 minute car ride away will save you money.
Here's one last tip from Orbitz: take a look at package deals. AAA is offering some of those, as well.
"Those are the hotels that may have excess inventory and they'll discount them as part of a package," explained Orbitz Senior Editor Jeanenne Tornatore.
Richmond International Airport officials have asked Continental Airlines to consider adding more flights or a larger aircraft to accommodate the demand.
As a side note, we checked Amtrak and a train leaving Richmond Thursday morning arrives in Houston just after one o'clock Saturday. On the bright side, it would cost you only $300.