Send Off Party for Bonnies

March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM EDT

OLEAN, NY (WKBW) - The excitement continues to build in the small college town of Olean, NY as the men's and women's basketball teams at St. Bonnaventure are heading to NCAA Tournament.

University officials are hoping fans and supporters will come out Wednesday morning to see off the men's team as they head to Nashville, TN for their first round game Friday against Florida State.

Officials are asking students and well-wishers to arrive by 10:00 a.m. to send-off the team bus.

They are also asking community members and business owners to line their streets and salute the team as they head to the airport.

Delta Airlines has even added a direct flight on Thursday to Nashville from Buffalo in anticipation of increased demand from Bonnies fans.

That flight is scheduled to leave at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. More information on this special flight can be found at

The university is planning a similar celebration for the women's team when they leave on Friday for Florida where they will play in their 1st round game on Sunday.

Details on that send-off are expected later this week once travel plans are finalized.