The best student section in country is at college basketball’s premier event — the Final Four.
The Grand Canyon University student section, known as the "Havocs," will have a small sample of their crew in the stands at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday. The 19,500-student private Christian university located in Phoenix paid for 100 students to attend the Final Four games.
Note: The Havocs usually roll about 2,000-3,000 students deep at games. The first 100 Havocs to sign up were the ones awarded tickets to the Final Four. The Havocs will be seated in the 100-level.
"We are the best student section in the country and we got rewarded some awesome tickets for doing that. They love our energy and they gave it to us," Steve Hunsaker, a senior at GCU and beloved president of the GCU Havocs, said.
There was no actual vote to determine the best student section in the country, but Hunsaker says: "It's been well documented across media. We love our school more than any other school you will ever see in this country. Plain and simple. These people love the Lopes and they've been supporting the team like this when we're ineligible for the tournament."
GCU is in the process of transitioning to Division I athletics, so its programs are unable to compete in the postseason until next year.
As for which teams the Havocs are rooting for to advance tonight?
"Ohh, we're definitely rooting for ourselves,” Karsten Kem, vice president and game coordinator, said. We're here to see good basketball. We love sports! Don't we love sports?
The Havocs broke out in a chant: SPORTS! SPORTS! SPORTS! SPORTS! SPORTS!
“So yeah, we're here to watch some sports and have a good time," Kem said.