Game tickets are sold out, all commercial flights from Salt Lake City are booked and even hotels within a two-hour drive of San Antonio will light their no-vacancy signs this weekend.
If you really want to go to the Final Four, however, you can. But you'll have to be creative, spend a small fortune and probably sit behind the wheel for 22 hours just to get there.University of Utah fans, consider it the ultimate test of your school pride and team spirit.
"I would congratulate them if they can do it," said Doug Hogan, director of marketing for Travel Zone, which is sending a 122-seat charter flight to San Antonio on Friday. And no, there is no room on the plane.
If, in the course of reading this article, you decide you absolutely must be inside the Alamodome when the Utes and top-ranked North Carolina tip off at roughly 6:15 p.m. MST Saturday, you have about 72 hours to make the impossible happen.
You must pull off the Final Four trifecta: WIN a game ticket, find a PLACE to stay and SHOW yourself a way to get to San Antonio.
Arena admission is doable. A ticket good for all three Final Four games can be had for a mere $500, and that's likely for an upper-level ticket with a face value of $80. Some tickets, however, were offered in classified ads Tuesday for as little as $400 and as much as $1,000 apiece.
Ticket Exchange Inc., a local ticket broker, sold a handful of tickets for $450 each but had none available Tuesday. Ross Almond, the company's treasurer, said he expects to have more tickets available Friday after University of Utah Crimson Club members get their tickets Thursday and resell them to the broker. Those tickets will go for between $400 and $800, he predicted.
"People can't get air fare down there, so it's kind of a dead ticket," Almond said.
Which brings us to the second and third legs of the Final Four triple crown.
Local travel agents reported all flights to San Antonio from Salt Lake City, as well as from Las Vegas and Phoenix, were booked. A Delta Air Lines ticketing agent said there was some room on flights leaving Wednesday, but a return flight wouldn't be available until the following Wednesday.
Travel agents also said hotels and motels in San Antonio, Austin (a one-hour drive), Corpus Christi (a two-hour drive) and all points in between are booked solid for the four-day Final Four weekend.
University of Utah Crimson Club members who have purchased tickets through the university can get a spot on a charter flight and a place to stay in San Antonio by calling Worldtek Travel, the NCAA's official travel agency, at 1-800-879-6176. Worldtek has booked two 350-seat planes for Crimson Club members. Reservations were being taken Wednesday for a third plane, and a fourth and fifth charter flight could be added, said Rich Glassman, chief executive for the Connecticut-based company.
The price for the round-trip ticket and four nights' lodging: $1,395 for one person, $1,150 each for a couple.
As of Tuesday, Glassman said, the agency could only allow Crimson Club ticket-holders onto the flights. Other fans, even those with game tickets, are not invited. But Glassman said that restriction could be lifted - if the university concurs - later in the week.
There are other options.
No fewer than 34 classified ads in Tuesday's Salt Lake newspapers offered everything from complete flight-room-and-ticket packages - up to $4,800 for four people - to individual tickets.
Some tickets and packages are being offered by dejected Arizona fans who had hoped to be there in person, rooting on their Wildcats.
Derk Brewer of Bloomington, Ind., got his tickets through the NCAA lottery but decided to sell when his Indiana Hoosiers failed to advance. He hoped to get $400 apiece for two tickets he bought for $80 - a hefty $640 profit.
"I'd much rather be going to the game, but it does take away some of the pain" of his team's tournament defeat, he said.
Rick Wallace, a real estate agent in Los Angeles, was offering four $80 upper-level tickets for $625 each with room reservations at Motel 6 thrown in for free. (That's reservations only - you'd still have to pay for the room.) By Tuesday afternoon, Wallace had received calls from eight Utah fans with a best offer of $500 apiece.
Clay Campbell of San Antonio was hoping to sell two tickets, a hotel reservation and VIP passes to pregame events for $3,000. He'll even throw in a piece of the gymnasium floor from the 1984 Summer Olympics, he said.
"I think I'll find somebody that this means a lot to," Campbell predicted, saying he's placed ads in North Carolina, Kentucky and Bay Area newspapers.
Steve Williams, a computer salesman in Salt Lake City, placed an ad Monday saying he wanted to buy tickets. He was still without any Tuesday, but was confident he could buy two for $300 apiece and drive to San Antonio with a buddy.
"It's not that hot of a ticket," Williams said.
Hundreds of basketball fans across the country might disagree.