U of L, UK fans flood Indianapolis for Sweet 16 matchup
INDIANAPOLIS (WDRB) -- It was a sea of red and blue for much of the day in downtown Indianapolis as Louisville and Kentucky fans took over the bars and restaurants waiting for the big game.
Fans arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium early Friday morning to watch the Cards and Cats battle it out in the Sweet 16's Battle of the Bluegrass.
"We are the reigning national champs so lots of hype for this one," said a U of L fan.
"We have no tickets but warranted to be here. And experience the action around it," said a UK fan.
This is the game fans have been waiting for – a rematch between the Bluegrass rivals in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.
"It is fun. You know, especially when it is a rivalry game, but you know we will bring fans out. Kentucky will do the same. And to be able to play in the NCAA Tournament is fun," said Josh Hawkins, senior director of U of L alumni relations.
What was that car ride like with U of L and UK fans who traveled to Indianapolis in the same car?
"With these fans it was good. We are civil with each other – so far," said UK fan Dana Smith.
Before the game, rival fans seemed to be getting along. That, of course, could change after tip off.
"We have made a pact that we will still be friends. We came to have a good time," said a U of L friend, wearing a Louisville shirt to coordinate with her friend's Kentucky shirt.
Now the question is who will win the big game, moving on to the Elite Eight to play either Tennessee or Michigan?
"Louisville, of course," said a U of L fan. "By four."
"I think Kentucky," said a young UK fan. "Because they are such a good team."
And whatever team wins, WDRB will have team coverage in Indianapolis all weekend long.
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