GREEN BAY - For the VandenAvonds, they say it isn't nerves that have them glued to the Kress Events Center video screens.
"Just excited to see where they were going to go to," said Joni VandenAvond of Green Bay.
The VandenAvonds have followed the UW-Green Bay women's basketball team to three NCAA tournaments. With the team's win on Sunday, the family is now preparing for a fourth trip.
"The only place we thought we could not make would be Spokane, Washington," said Mike VandenAvond. "The other 15 are within 24 hours driving and we would drive it."
Athletics Director Ken Bothof says five years ago, people were worried about filling all the seats at the newly built Kress Events Center. But a day after a record crowd and a 12th conference tournament title, Bothof says more people than ever want to be a part of the school's success.
"I know last year in fact after the selection show we got a call from one of our recruits who committed and wanted to come here after seeing where we were going," said Bothof.
With talented players wanting to play at the university, events like this NCAA tournament watch party are becoming tradition.
"It gets to be a habit," said Jim Whittaker of Green Bay. "We kind of expect it now. The last three years now. They got the talent. It should be no doubt."
The Phoenix will play their first game in the NCAA tournament on Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Fans like the VandenAvonds say they can't wait.
"Leaving Friday morning," said Mike VandenAvond.
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