Utica, N.Y. - Sunday's big win by the Syracuse University Men's Basketball team in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament over Michigan State has the Orange heading to the Sweet 16. This year's Midwest Regional games will be held in Omaha, Nebraska.
So what will it cost S.U. fans to make the trip to Omaha to see Syracuse take on Duke in the Sweet 16 Friday night, and then hopefully see them again on Sunday in an Elite 8 game that could ultimately send them to yet another Final Four? We checked in with a travel agent at AAA in Utica.
AAA Utica Assistant Branch Manager Rachel Pier did some work for us, and she says it would cost two people, sharing a room at a nice hotel right near the arena, along with amazing 3rd row seats to both Friday night's game and Sunday's game, a total of about $4,150.
Pier says airfare, leaving on Thursday, March 22nd and coming back on Tuesday March 27th, would cost about $710 per person.
She says the best available rate for a nice hotel right near the CenturyLink Center, where the games will be played, is about $143 per night, with a grand total for your hotel stay, including taxes and fees, of about $860.
And finally, Pier checked on the NCAA's website for tickets to the two games. She says the best value for great seats are 3rd row behind the basket for $935 per person.
That is a grand total for airfare, accomodations, and tickets of about $4,150.
You can do some work on your own to bring that cost down. We performed some searches on Priceline and StubHub Monday afternoon and found that you can save on airfare, accommodations and game tickets, but you have to give some things up.
First, we found an Express Deal on Priceline Monday afternoon for airfare leaving the same exact days as above, but you don't get to choose your flight times each day, or your airline for that matter. That deal was about $446 per person.
We also found an Express Deal on Priceline for a Downtown Omaha hotel, but again, you don't get to pick your hotel, and that hotel chosen for you might not be that close to the arena. The per night rate for a 3.5 Star hotel was $110, with a total for the five nights, including taxes and fees, of $660.
On Monday afternoon on StubHub, we found Upper Corner tickets as low as Row D for $379 per ticket, which also includes tickets to both games.
So if you don't care about your flight times, or exactly what hotel you'll be staying in, and don't mind sitting up high, you can go to the Midwest Regionals for $2,310, a little more than half the price as going with more definite plans and having great seats.
Pier says as Friday's first game gets closer, most likely all costs will be going up, so she says if you want to plan the trip, do it sooner, rather than later.