UPB event is busing students to Boston

The UVM Program Board has arranged an event where students have the opportunity to go to a Boston Celtics game at the TD Garden against the Los Angeles Clippers, with transportation included, for just $40.

The first round of 50 tickets sold out in just three days, according to Queena Hoang, the assistant director of campus programs at UVM.

The tickets went on sale Feb. 17 in the Davis Center. UPB managed to buy 50 more tickets to give additional students a chance to attend the game.

This is the first time that UPB is organizing an event with the Celtics said Hoang.

Hoang, helped organize the event. Hoang said that she and members of Student Life wanted to use surrounding areas, such as Boston, to their advantage.

“Our mission is to provide fun and affordable experiences that appeal to a wide population of students. Our hope for this event was to try something new, and we saw signs of success from the very start,” Hoang said.

UPB received a  discounted tickets from the Celtics.

UPB managed to lower the cost of already discounted tickets, so that students pay just $40 for a ticket that normally costs $75, including the round-trip transportation Hoang said.

“I definitely think $40 is a great price for this trip, seeing how it’s usually 40 bucks for just a round-trip to Boston on the Megabus,” junior Jaime Simmons said.

As a Boston native who has never been to a Celtics game, Simmons is especially excited to support her city’s team for the first time.

All 100 seats are located in the balcony overlooking the court. Two buses will depart for Boston at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29. The game begins at 6 p.m.

The bus will return to UVM immediately following the game. Only current UVM students are eligible for this program, and there is a limit of one ticket per person, according to UPB.

Students who are not going on the trip are encouraged to tune in to the game and keep an eye out for the UVM crowd.

For more information about this event, visit the Facebook page “UVM goes to the Boston Celtics Game.”