In proximity to Norman, there were closer destinations. In regards to weather, there were more appealing destinations.
But if the Sooners, and their fans, are history buffs, there was no better landing spot than Philadelphia for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Here's a closer look at the city, the attractions to visit, how to get around and much more:
* Destination: Philadelphia
* Transportation: SEPTA (which stands for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) is the most popular form of public transportation. It's relatively cheap ($2.00 per ride) and gets you all around the city, by bus, trolley or subway.
* Arena: Wells Fargo Center
* Tournament history: In 1939, hosted the first NCAA tournament game ever. Hosted title games in 1976 and 1981.
Hotels near arena
— Holiday Inn Philadelphia Stadium ($122 per night)
— DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City ($140 per night)
— Hyatt at The Bellevue ($149 per night)
Tickets (prices start at)
— StubHub.com: $73 for Session 1, $87 for Session 2, $100 for Session 3, $215 for All Sessions
— PrimeSport.com: $99 for Session 2, $125 for Session 3, $341 for All Sessions.
— Through the school: Call (800) 465-4668
— Through the NCAA: Call (800) 298-4200
Attractions (check out more at visitphilly.com)
— Independence Hall: Birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution
— Liberty Bell
— Rocky Steps: 72 Stone Steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, made famous by the Rocky movies