Fewer fans planning a trip to BCS title game

By Coleman Swierc - bio | email

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) -  So you want to follow the Horns to the National Championship? So do I? I went on a mission to find out what it's going to take to get us there.  I asked a local travel agent how much it would cost to take four people to Pasadena.  It's going to cost around ten thousand dollars.  Which means less fans will be traveling.

The down swing the economy has caused many to turn a blind eye to the title game, a far cry from the last time the Horns played for it all in 2005.

"We sent a couple of groups out there," said Travel Leaders consultant Elaine Goad.  "This time we're just not having the number of people calling in."

Goad could barely field all the requests in 2005, now, only a handful for this year have come her way.

"The economy was better a few years ago," said Goad.  "And the interest was a lot more when they played before."

If you've managed to scronge up the nearly three thousand dollars for a hotel and flight to Los Angeles. You're going to have shell out a little big more. Tickets to the ball game will not come cheap.

I mean a small fortune. The best ticket price I found, was for a mere one thousand dollars. Throw in a small service fee, and it's nearly 1,200 bucks for one ticket.  There are better seats, but you'll have to pay from a few thousand, to the hundreds of thousands.

If you are going to go, you better do it now.

"There may not be flights available at the end of this week," said Goad.  "But how many times does your team get to go to the national championship?"