Virginia fans descend on Raleigh

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by Neal Bennett, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 22 at 1:32 AM

RALEIGH, NC- Inside the PNC Arena, fans wearing Tennessee orange were watching their team take care of UMass in NCAA tournament action Friday afternoon.

Outside, however, it's a different shade of orange, Virginia Cavalier colors, that are dominating the parking lots just hours before the 'Hoos take on Coastal Carolina Friday night.

Many fans huddled around a big screen television just outside the arena, watching the action of other NCAA games. Others are enjoying the "Hoops and Hops" tent, where food and beer are available.

Duke's loss in the first game has made it a buyer's market for tickets. 13News Now spoke with a UVa fan who bought two tickets from a scalper outside. He paid $50 for a pair of tickets that had a $66 face value. 

A few UVa fans did find their way inside the arena to watch the early session, including Mercer's big upset win over Duke.

They will clear the arena between sessions before the night games, which begin at 6:55 PM with Memphis playing George Washington. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the UVA-Coastal Carolina game.

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