Published: Mar 27, 2013 1:12 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 27, 2013 4:51 PM EDT

ESTERO, Fla.- The ticket office at Florida Gulf Coast University's Alico Arena has started selling tickets to the public for Friday's men's basketball game against the University of Florida. Tip off is expected around 10:00 p.m. in Arlington, Texas.

More than 500 tickets were sold to students and season ticket holders earlier in the week. The school asked for 700 more for other fans who want to attend the game.

The ticket office has sold 780 of 1250 tickets. The ticket office closes at 5:15 today and will re-opened at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow
They will stop selling all tickets at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. The remaining tickets have to be returned to NCAA by noon.

The team is set to leave Fort Myers for Dallas Wednesday afternoon.

After selling out of hundreds of tickets set aside just for students and season ticket holders, the school is opening up sales to anyone else who wants to join the team out West.

The ticket office opened to the public at 9:00 a.m., but that didn't stop eager eaglets from coming early. Sophomore Megan Connetta camped out in her car for eight hours to get seats for her family! Turns out Eagle fever is what kept her going, among other things...

"Coffee, Monster, and Netflix, and my roommate," said Connetta.

After selling out more than 500 tickets to Friday's game against the University of Florida this week, FGCU requested 700 more, so more fans can fill the stands.

One look at Todd Bryan and his son, Presley and you might not know which seats they want, judging by their Gator shirts, but they made it clear pretty quickly.

"I'm switching my alliances. I'm going with the Eagles, since we live out near Miromar Lake. We're cheering for the Eagles, cheering for the hometown team," said Bryan.

And it seems like everyone is getting on the bandwagon.

With the Eagles making history at every turn, it seems only fitting these diehard fans get to be there in person.

The team will have one final practice today at Alico Arena, before headed out to Texas. They will be wearing black "I believe" wrist bands during the Sweet 16 game, according to our partners at the News-Press. The bands are being sold by a Cape Coral business. Proceeds from the sale of each band will go to the FGCU basketball program, Bam Bandz spokesman Ty Jackson said.

The bands are being sold at FGCU today for $8 apiece.