Sweet 16 berth all the buzz at Florida Gulf Coast University, facing University of Florida this week

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Alico Arena kept busy this afternoon with a steady crowd of students purchasing tickets, sightseers taking photos and reporters setting up cameras to capture the scene.

There was a short line at the box office, where an attendant said tickets were selling "really well." He said the office hadn't yet run reports of how many had been purchased.

Dressed in FGCU sweatshirts, students Beth Shenker joined the line and bought tickets for Friday's game in Dallas.

"It's going to be my birthday, Christmas and next year's Christmas (gift)," Shenker said. "It's worth it to support the boys."

She marveled at the media trucks lined up outside the arena.

"I've never been on the news before," Shenker said. "Now (FGCU) is like every other thing on it. My car was on the news.

"Everywhere you look online -- and in the media -- it's FGCU."

Many of those at the arena came for a piece of the action. They sat for photos on the eagle fountain in front of the facility and purchased season tickets for the first time. Inside, the Anderson family, visiting Fort Myers from Minnesota, peeked at trophies and snapped a few pictures.

"Cole wanted to check out Dunk City," said mom Kari of her 12-year-old son, a big basketball fan. "We're happy to jump on the bandwagon."

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