Shocker fans putting travel plans to San Diego in motion for NCAA Tournament

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The Wichita State Shockers are San Diego bound.

Tip-off is Friday morning against the Marshall Thundering Herd.

For Shocker fans, they are already kicking their travel plans into high gear.

Joy Heinrichs is a diehard Shockers fan and alumni.

She says she planned ahead for wherever the Shockers ended up in the NCAA Tournament.

“We just get ready for whatever site it might be, we had hotel rooms booked at different sites, flights scoped out and planned out,” said Heinrichs.

Even fans headed back from the AAC Tournament in Orlando, like Jon Markwell, have their travel plans ready to go.

“We’ll get in late tonight into Wichita, and then Wednesday, I’ll fly out,” said Markwell.

Markwell has been going to all the Shocker games, no matter how far away, for the better part of a decade.

“I was fortuante that I had a little bit of a fund remaining on Southwest Airlines that I could use so I got like a $450 flight,” said Markwell.

KSN checked the going rate for flights to San Diego.

Right now, they range anywhere from $600 to $800.

For those looking to head west by train, that could cost between $200 to more than $550 a ticket.

If you decide to hop in the car and drive, that would be about a 21-hour drive and more than 1,300 miles to get there.

No matter the price, or even the distance, Courtney Marshall, the President of the Wichita State Alumni Association expects the fans to come.

“According to our ticket office, we’ve sold 250 tickets, and so I expect all of those fans to be there, plus local fans, we expect them to be there as well, we have about 500 right in the San Diego area,” said Marshall.

Something diehard fans, like Heinrichs say, just adds to the excitement.

“The amount of people that travel, we’ve built relationships with people, we would not miss it,” said Heinrichs.

The WSU Alumni Association says they have been inundated with calls about charter flights for fans to San Diego.

Marshall says due to 64 teams having to charter flights to their destinations, they are given first priority.

She says they are putting things in motion to set up travel for Shockers fans, if WSU makes it to the Sweet 16 in Boston.

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