By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Hours are dwindling, but excitement is building as the La Salle Explorers face Wichita State in the Sweet 16, and perhaps nowhere is that excitement more evident that at the La Salle campus store.
A line snaked near the cash registers as fans bought regular La Salle gear and special Sweet 16 tees and sweats.
Book store manager Mark Allan has two words to describe the rush.
“Holy smokes,” he said. “This is a place that normally has a lot of school spirit, but it’s been totally off the hook.”
La Salle grad Patricia Spurrier came down from Glenside for an armful.
“Just lots of tee shirts, Sweet 16 tee shirts for family and friends, some hats and alumni stickers.”
La Salle employee Doris Martinez was not only buying, but express shipping her haul to her folks in Seattle.
“They’re actually keeping more track of the NCAA than I am, and so they’re really excited about La Salle.”
There’s a watch party on campus tonight and others in the area.
On campus: Campus Watch Party at La Salle on Thursday Night starting at 10 p.m.
The Dan Rodden Theatre in the Student Union Building.
Philadelphia Watch Party Locations:
Downtown Club Watch Party:
Tavern on Broad
@ The Bellevue
200 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Northeast Philly Watch Party:
Chickie & Pete’s (Patio)
11000 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19116
Manayunk, Pa., Watch Party:
111 Cotton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Alumni Club Watch Party Locations:
Bucks County Watch Party:
Green Parrott Restaurant
240 N. Sycamore St.
Newtown, PA 18940
Chester County, Pa., Watch Party:
143 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Exton, PA 19341.
Montgomery County, PA Watch Party:
PJ Whelihan’s (Pub Room)
799 Dekalb Pike
Bluebell, Pa 19422
Delaware County, Pa. Watch Party:
Chickie’s and Pete’s
Pilgrim Gardens Shopping Center
5035 Township Line Rd.
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
South Jersey Watch Party:
1854 Marlton Pike East
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003