U of M’s title run a boon for W. MI stores

Kent County

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The last-minute scramble to find NCAA Final Four gear was underway hours before Monday night’s championship game between Michigan and Villanova.

Several people headed to Campus Den in RiverTown Crossings Mall; most were searching for Wolverine apparel.

Craig Hagen of Kentwood had his sights set on a Michigan March Madness hat as he entered the store. However, Campus Den managers said those hats were long-gone. Hagen happily chose an alternative: a Final Four hat.

Assistant manager Ashley Wagoner said the store had been bustling with longtime and bandwagon fans since Saturday.

“We definitely have a couple shirts that go fast and that everyone is looking for, that no one has anymore,” she said. 

It was the same story at Rally House in Grandville. Store employees told 24 Hour News 8 that Michigan basketball fever brought in bigger crowds over the weekend.

“This is a really big pride for the state. Whether you’re a State fan or Michigan fan, it’s a big deal,” employee Becky Martin said.

Both stores plan to have championship gear for sale on Tuesday. 

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