Houston bracing for thousands of fans, Oklahomans ahead of Final Four

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HOUSTON, Texas - Four teams will battle it out for the NCAA National Championship trophy.

It is safe to say we are in the midst of March Madness and in Houston, Final Four frenzy has reached a fever pitch.


"I can give you one indication of excitement, you can not imagine the number of texts, emails and calls I've received asking me for some tickets. Like I'm supposed to be the man with all the tickets," said Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston.

City officials believe the tournament will have a major economic impact for the City of Houston.

In fact, Turner believes the Final Four will bring in roughly $150 million for Houston.


Experts believe anywhere from 70,000 to 100,000 fans will flock to the city within the next couple of days.

Many of those fans will be coming from Oklahoma to support the Sooners.

"Thrilled to have Oklahoma in the Final Four here in Houston," said Doug Hall, the president of Houston's Final Four organizing committee. "If you haven't been to Houston, there's lots to do. It's a little bigger than some cities, but you'll get used to it."

In addition to Sooner fans flocking to Houston, one well-known face will also be cheering on OU.

OU head football coach Bob Stoops says he plans on attending Saturday's game.

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Before the team left Norman on Wednesday, Stoops stopped by the OU locker room to give the Sooners encouragement to get just two more wins.

"I just wanted to tell you, on behalf of the entire team, they're out there stretching right now. Boy, everybody is pulling for you, everybody's proud of you. Congratulate you, just encourage you to fight the feeling of satisfaction, that's for later. Go, go win it all. You're right there, go win it all. Whatever you've been doing the last couple of weeks, find it again. Just keep it up, don't change a thing, don't let the distractions get you. And just go win it all, you're the best team," Stoops said.

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