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Tickets to first round of NCAA tournament are hard to come by

Michigan State University BIG 10 Championship
Posted at 5:40 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 08:08:50-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Des Moines, Iowa is only a seven-hour drive from Mid-Michigan, give or take a few minutes.

So it's a great road trip destination for MSU fans who want to watch the Spartans in the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

If you're looking to score tickets to the first round of the tournament it might be kind of a challenge, though. The ticket office gets less than 500.

"That's the standard for NCAA first round and second round tournaments," MSU Executive Associate Athletic Director Paul Schager said.

Michigan State's ticket office only took requests from Spartan Fund donors, and even those were cut off at 5:00 Monday.

"The fans are always excited about Spartan Basketball. I mean this is the 22nd consecutive season that we are going to the NCAA Tournament," Schager said. "That's a big deal but it's also kind of a routine for our fans so they kind of know the drill. We're looking forward to them to find their way to Des Moines and watching us play Thursday."

People can also check other ticket websites like StubHub or Vivid Seats for tickets, but the ticket office advised to make sure the site is legit. One person who hopes to make the trip is Nathan Guzowski, also known as "Waffle Guy."

"I mean it feels like it should happen. But you know, we're going to find out. I think a lot of people are having fun with it," he said.

Guzowski gained notoriety this season by donning waffle headgear at games. After getting more than a few seconds on TV, a GoFundMe was made to get him to the Big Ten Tournament. Now, he says he's open to making the trip east for the fans after what he calls a "whirlwind."

"In 48 hours it was at $2,000 and I was like, 'OK, guess I got to go.' So it's still going for right now. If people want me to go I'm more than happy," he added.

Tip-off is at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday against Bradley. Guzowski says if he doesn't get enough money to go, he will donate that money to charity.