Monday, December 3, 2012
More than likely, most of those following the K-State Wildcats to the Fiesta Bowl are purchasing travel packages today. Fans are keeping some travel agents busier than a linebacker trying to chase down Colin Klein.
By the time fans were storming the field in Manhattan after the Wildcats beat the Longhorns, travel agencies were already getting calls from fans about booking their bowl packages to the Fiesta Bowl.
As K-State football players hoisted their Big 12 conference title trophy high in Manhattan and celebrated their big win, travel consultants, like Linda Dickson, Phyllis Smith, Luray Watts and Hosts of others, started booking flights and bus trips to the Fiesta Bowl in the Arizona desert.
Those booking through Village Tours or through AAA are deciding between charter flights from Wichita or Manhattan or even going the long distance by bus.
"Surprisingly, the motor coach is keeping pace with the flights,” said Village Tours President Jeff Arensdorf. “I guess because it's a little less expensive."
The bus packages are running about $900 per person. Air packages are about $1,350 to over $1,400 with hotel and ground transportation and more. That’s not counting the price of the tickets.
Tickets range from $185 in the upper end zone to $750 for lower-level 30 to 50 year line. Arensdorf said the championship game trip to Miami would have cost about twice as much as the trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
"And with Notre Dame getting in there tickets alone are about 16-hundred dollars," he said.
That’s no real consolidation to true K-State fans, like Arensdorf. It’s just another way of looking at bowling in the desert rather than along Miami Beach.