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November 7, 2013

Viking Voyages take fans on the road

By Brendan Samsa

Cleveland State University’s basketball season is right around the corner and many fans are gearing up for what is expected to be a big year for the Vikings. But this season, for the first time, fans will have a unique opportunity as the Department of Athletics will be hosting its first ever “Viking Voyages.”

The Viking Voyage is an opportunity for fans to travel with the team on the road and bring Viking pride to some of the opposing arenas. Each Voyage will include transportation, a snack on the bus, and a game ticket. Being the first year that Cleveland State is offering this promotion, the school is looking for a big turnout.

“I heard that the basketball team is pretty good, it would be kind of cool to cheer them on from the visitor’s side,” said Joe Previte, a Cleveland State student. “I went to a couple of games last year and I was impressed with how much fun it was when the team is playing well.”

The first of the four opportunities to go on a “Viking Voyage” with the team is Nov. 18 to Eastern Michigan where the team will take on the Eagles. One month later another Voyage will be on Dec. 21 as the Viking men will be in Toledo. Both of these Voyages are $40 each per person.

Headlining this promotion is a three-day, two night trip to Chicago taking place Jan. 3-5 with the game being played at 8:00 p.m. Jan. 4. The Chicago trip is $225 per person and includes hotel accommodations for both nights spent in the city.

The fourth and final Voyage of the season will be on Feb. 8 to Wright State where the Vikings will visit the Raiders. This trip will be $45.00 per person with the same amenities as the other games.

Many fans from years past haven’t had the opportunity to experience going on the road with the team. Anyone is welcome to attend a Voyage as long as they pay the upfront fee.

“I think it’s a great idea to get the students and fans involved with the team, while it brings a bit of home cooking for the players,” said Mike Lanzola, Cleveland State alumni. “They didn’t have anything like this when I went there, but then again that was the late 80’s.”

With expectations being very high for the team this season the Wolstein Center should be packed on a frequent basis. But with the Viking Voyages Cleveland State fans can bring the Wolstein Center on the road.