When the Virginia Cavaliers earned the ACC championship with a big win over the Duke Blue Devils, one fan made sure it was an experience to remember. Not only was he at the Greensboro Coliseum for the historic win, but he was able to sneak onto the court, into the player huddle and even get a handshake from Coach K.
The fan dressed for success and was confident, which is apparently all you needed to get onto the court in one of the biggest games of the year.
Here is how the fan successfully pulled off his trip to the court, via Bleacher Report:
5 minutes before the game i walk down the aisle and without saying anything or looking at the usher he pulled back the curtain and raised the bar for me to enter the floor/ court area. …
After 16 minute timeout I told everyone I was going down to go on the court for the 12 minute tv timeout. And I did
I walked right behind the cheerleaders and onto the court and joined the UVA huddle on the court
Tony Bennett was talking to the team and Joe Harris was getting his bloody knee taped 2 feet in front of me.
Sat behind the basket for 6-8 minutes and watched the rest of the half with my family.
Halftime I passed out the official box score to the front row of the media, just walked right across the entire court as i walked past security. I Printed them out in the hotel that morning to look legit.
Went down another time to just walk around. I even small talked a 70 year old usher and it was her first time being in the lower level. we talked for a while and i even showed her how to unhook the bar that let to the media tables.
Watched up to the last 2 minutes with everyone, then went down for the end of the game.
Buzzer sounds and i walked onto the middle and confetti was falling.
There are even photos to prove he was there:
Kudos to you, Mr. Cavaliers fan.
Unfortunately, his fun eventually came to an end.
The DOBO for UVA asked ‘are you with us?’ I responded ‘Yeah’ He said no you’re not’ my response: ‘I know I’m with the coliseum but why not have a little fun’ He laughed and walked away.
All the players were jumping up and down in a huddle yelling so I jumped in too.
After A while of jumping up and down, the DOBO put his hand on my shoulder and pulled me out.
At that point I walked away but into the corner as the DOBO asked coliseum officials if I was with them.
My sisters friends from tailgating, aware of what I was doing yelled my name and I climbed up the railings into the stands as if I was a player trying to get to my family.
Everyone thought I was important so they got out of my way and I got lost in the crowd. Found my family a minute later and within 10 minutes we were in the car and on the way home.
It was still an amazing effort and something that the fan will truly never forget.