BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) If you're looking to get tickets for Saturday's UVM men's basketball game against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County-- you're out of luck unless you're a student. The general admission tickets are all sold out.
Early Friday morning UVM basketball fans filled up Patrick Gym waiting for hours to get a ticket to see the America East Championship Game.
"I'm standing in line for the big game because I wasn't able to go to last year," said Trey Nichols, a UVM student.
"I have always followed the UVM Basketball team. It's a great activity and the spirit is unbelievable," said Cindy Robare of Winooski.
UVM hosted UMBC last year but lost in the last seconds, leaving UVM students like Emily Piersiak hungry for Saturday's rematch. "I'm just really into it and I want to see them comeback and beat UMBC this year," she said.
"This year is going to be payback," said Rob Ray of South Burlington.
The team made a surprise appearance to thank the fans for their support. That included America East Player of the Year Anthony Lamb. "I just love all the fans and how much they show support to me. So, just trying to give back some support for them," Lamb said.
"This is what we have all been waiting for," said Jason Young, who is in charge of UVM ticket sales. But with a capacity of just over 3,000 at Patrick Gym, not everyone will be getting in. "There are only few events in this town where demand like this is at a premium," Young said.
When the tickets went on sale, they sold out in 30 minutes, leaving some Hoop Cat supporters like Robare
looking for other options. "Well, I'm going online now and getting them online," she said.
Tickets have been seen re-selling on Stub Hub for about $285 each, showing just how much fans want to be here for the Saturday morning tip off.
"Be loud, be supportive, cheer," said Ray.
"They only got 40 minutes to play so they have to be loud for all 40 minutes," Nichols
Although the game is sold out to the general public, UVM students still have a chance to get their tickets starting at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.