March Madness, NCAA fandom can be expensive

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How much does it take to be a true college basketball fan?

Aside from the sheer dedication people from big basketball schools have, traveling to games, wearing the right clothes, and getting tickets to away games can make fan support rather unfriendly to the wallet.

Students at Gonzaga University have to pay to join the men's basketball support group, the Kennel Club, to get some free swag and a place to party at before and after the games. Students also receive free tickets to all home games at most universities, while non-student fans at Kentucky, for example, will pay up to $1,000 a ticket for good seats (the going rate for a home game against Louisville this year). Yikes. Mix in $50 for a hoodie, $20 for a T-shirt, $20 for a hat, and $75 to pay the public intoxication citation and your hot-dog-eating college student is suddenly calling home for a loan from the Bank of Dad.