MSU Helps Spartan Fans Make Arrangements For Final Four

(WLNS) – If you’re scrambling to make plans for where you’ll be watching the Final Four this Saturday, you’re not alone.

6 News Nick Perreault talked to some MSU officials about what they have to do to move things forward for fans.

“Some people think the final four is on our schedule because we’ve been there so frequently.”

That’s what’s been keeping MSU’s athletics department busy, answering phones since Sunday night.

“You get back on the plane after the game you start working on the plane, you get here and people work through the night.”

MSU’s associate athletic director Paul Shager says that ranges from working on arranging hotels, transportation and tickets for the team’s family members to the general public.

“It’s definitely a challenge, especially when the location of the final four is within driving distance.”

Which Schager says makes demand especially high.

“In a venue that sits over well over 65,000 and that’s really the challenge, we would be able to fill that entire stadium with Spartan fans, unfortunately we only have that small allotment,” said Paul Schager, MSU associate athletics director.

Only 3,250, plus 700 for students, which is why you might see what some rather high ticket prices.

“It’s not just a basketball game in Indianapolis, it’s so much bigger, it’s on par with the Superbowl, that’s what people have to think about.”

6 News caught up with the executive director at MSU’s Alumni Association who says right now is a great time to be a Spartan. The talk around the country is not about the other teams and their trip to the Final Four and Indy, but about Michigan State as a school.

“A great athletic program never hurts a great institution it only adds to it and right now any time any opportunity I get to bring Spartans together to have fun and celebrate, I’m up for it,” said Scott Westerman, executive director, MSU Alumni Association.

Both Westerman and Schager hope they will be celebrating this weekend and years to come.

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