Wayne Cameron fills out his NCAA 2015 tournament bracket. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Wayne Cameron fills out his NCAA 2015 tournament bracket.
(Garrett Estrada photo)

As the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball championship tournament gets under way, most college hoops fans will gather in sports bars or in front of their television to cheer on underdogs or national powerhouses to try and make it to the prestigious Final Four. Wayne Cameron, however, prefers the real thing.

“It’s just great to be there in person. To see the fans, to hear the band, there is just nothing like it,” Cameron said.

The Director of the Chamber of Commerce has spent the last 20 years traveling to different parts of the western United States in March to watch the second and third rounds of the tournament. On Wednesday, he finalized his choices for his bracket and packed his bags. Cameron will spend the next four days in Seattle watching six tournament games with 23 friends.

It’s a weekend getaway that he looks forward to all year. And he is not alone

“I go with a large group of friends. My son goes with me too. He told me once, ‘This is the best thing we’ve ever done dad,” Cameron said with a smile.

Though he said he expects the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats to win the tournament, he will be rooting on west coast schools like Gonzaga and Boise State. Unlike most basketball games, Cameron doesn’t actually know who he will see play when he purchases the tickets in September.

To him, that is part of the fun.

“When I don’t know either of the teams, I just root for the underdog because it is always fun to see the smaller school win and celebrate,” he said.