Students, alumni snapping up tickets and travel packages for upcoming Fiesta Bowl

By The Mercury

Travel packages are going fast for fans seeking to go to Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl. Various package sellers mentioned the excitement that K-State fans have shown for the Jan. 3 game against Oregon.

K-State Sports Travel already has sold out of its flight packages from Manhattan, Kansas City and Wichita. It has sold a total of 1,550 flight and land packages.

Linda Cook of the K-State Alumni Association said sales have gone extremely well. “K-State fans are very loyal,” she said. “They purchased these packages early.”

Cook said land-only packages are still available. Reservations can be made by calling (866) 373-7379 or visiting the website at k-statesportstravel.com.

David Garvin of Jade Travel said the 240 combined seats for the Manhattan and Wichita charter planes have almost sold out. Garvin said he anticipated the few seats remaining on each plane to sell out by Thursday or Friday.

“It’s really exciting,” he said. “I haven’t seen this much enthusiasm in a long time for a bowl trip.”

Garvin said those looking to purchase a spot can go to jadetravel.com and click the link for the travel package site.

James Hanni, AAA Kansas executive vice president of public and government affairs, said AAA still has flight packages available, but there has been a lot of activity.

“Phones have been ringing off the wall,” he said. “Business has been brisk.”

Hanni said those looking to purchase a package can visit aaa.com and click the front page link for the travel package site.

Hanni encouraged people to take advantage of the trip while they still can. He said packages will probably be available for the rest of the week, and flight times would likely be set next week.

Hanni said the goal is to fill up as many planes as possible. He said two planes have already been filled.

“The main thing is to get everybody down there and paint the place purple,” he said.

Those looking for Fiesta Bowl tickets toward the traditional means of the K-State or Fiesta Bowl ticket offices will be out of luck since those tickets are sold out.

Scott Garrett, K-State assistant athletic director of ticketing and fan strategies, said fans still looking for tickets would have to buy from ticket resell sites such as StubHub or the official Oregon athletics website, goducks.com.

According to the Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore., Oregon still had thousands of tickets left from its 17,500 ticket allotment as of Tuesday evening. K-State, meanwhile, has sold its original 17,500 ticket allotment and the requested 4,000 additional tickets allotted.

Garrett said K-State requested additional tickets to take care of the rest of the people who sent an advance ticket application by the Nov. 30 deadline. He said the Fiesta Bowl is in the process of assigning seats, and tickets will be mailed out by Dec. 21.

Garrett said this is the second straight year K-State’s ticket allotment has been sold out solely through pre-orders. “It’s typical for K-State fans,” he said. “The tradition of K-State fans traveling for bowl games is known throughout the country.”

The tradition is also well-known to Fiesta Bowl representatives from K-State’s previous two trips.

K-State sent 45,000 fans to the 1997 Fiesta Bowl, which is still the largest crowd to cross state lines for a game. For the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, an estimated 40,000 Wildcat fans purchased tickets.

Alumni association officials anticipate 40,000 fans traveling to this year’s game.









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