Lots of Shockers fans are headed to Atlanta over the next few days.
And although their primary destination is the Georgia Dome – site of the Final Four – there are other sights worth taking in between events that celebrate Wichita State University basketball.
But those familiar with Atlanta say fans should be prepared for crowds during the NCAA championship weekend. Rachel Peavy of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau said Wednesday that officials are expecting 100,000 visitors.
Long waits at restaurants are likely with so many people, and Sunflower Travel Corp. president Devin Hansen recommends making reservations.
“They’re all going to be packed, so that would be smart,” said Hansen, who plans to be in Atlanta on Saturday.
The streets as well as the restaurants are likely to be clogged. So Hansen and Will Scroggin, a former Wichitan now living in Atlanta, recommend using the city’s public transportation system called MARTA.
Not only will driving be difficult, “parking will be next to impossible,” said Scroggin, who works for Cox Communications.
Scroggin said the good thing is that there are a number of attractions close to the Dome, including the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and CNN Center.
“The aquarium really is amazing,” he said. “It’s a good time.”