Tuesday, January 02, 2007

BCS Bowl :) Plans

All travel, tickets, etc... here.

49 comments:

  1. Jaime and I just booked our plane tickets to AZ. I can't wait!

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  2. Just bought my plane tix.
    Arrive Sunday at 11:37am
    Leave Tuesday at 4:30pm.

    Tried calling ticket line to see when the deadline was to buy Bowl game tix, but it was busy.

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  3. UofP Stadium information
    http://www.uopstadium.com/

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  4. Totalsportstravel.com may have some decent packages for the game as well. Floridas probably will not be posted till tomorrow.

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  5. Ticket prices blow. Cant find anything on stubhub.com or ticketstub.com and ebay for under 1400 a piece. Do not correct my grammer Ruth Ann or Peacock so screw you guys cause we cannot go.

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  6. Me, Cassie, and Aparna will be arriving in Tucson at 10:15am on Sunday and renting a car. We leave at noon on Tuesday.

    Stephanie will be flying into Phoenix on Sunday afternoon and leaving Tuesday afternoon (I don't know the specific times).

    Rich, any ideas about a hotel?

    GO GATORS!!!!!

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  7. No info yet on gatorzone.com about student tickets...I will call tomorrow and see what I can find out.

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  8. Apparently I missed the article on gatorzone...here is the info:
    The Gator Ticket Office will begin taking orders for the BCS National Championship Game on Sun., Dec. 3, 2006, starting at 9 p.m. Football Booster season-ticket holders can order through the G.A.T.O.R.S. phone system by calling (877) 428-6742 (toll-free) or locally at (352) 384-3261.

    THE DEADLINE FOR ORDERING CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS IS 5:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2006.

    I guess the left overs will go to students:
    The G.A.T.O.R.S. phone system will begin accepting BCS National Championship ticket orders from UF students at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 7, 2006. Tickets are $175 each, plus a $4 processing fee per order, and are limited to one per student.

    We'll be calling like crazy!!

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  9. I just ordered my 2 tickets. I estimate that the booster priority level required to get tickets will be lower for this game. With that said, I doubt that it will be low enough for me.

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  10. I ordered our booster tickets as well this morning for people that need them. I too think I will not be able to get them.

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  11. I have ties with tour operators from my former job at the charter airline. I'm sure they will do flights out of Orlando, including packages with tickets and hotel. Perhaps also packages without air travel.

    Please respond if you want me to make some phone calls. (I have many direct phone #s to these people).

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  12. Chris may have given up all hope of going to the game, but I have not. I still feel there is a slim chance we could go, if Emma decides to be born in the next 7-10 days. Come on Emma!

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  13. Due to an unusual persuasion disregarding finances by my parents, it appears that Peacock will most likely be going to the NCG :)

    My plans will be that of James William.

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  14. Do work I will not be able to make it to the game :( So Rich will have to give the OSU a big Wooooo for me.

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  15. Peacock, I think looking into hotels and tickets would be much appreciated.

    Stephanie got an email from the UAA (for some reason it hasn't come to me) saying:
    ALL STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PICK UP THEIR TICKET IN GLENDALE, AZ. WITH THEIR GATOR1 ID CARD AND DRIVER`S LICENSE, AND THEIR TICKET CLAIM VOUCHER. YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET CLAIM VOUCHER AND BOTH FORMS OF ID TO BE ABLE TO PICK UP A STUDENT TICKET! TICKETS ARE NON TRANSFERABLE - NO EXCEPTIONS

    So I will call UAA tomorrow to discuss this but it looks like we are royally screwed in the ticket department!!

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  16. Ted said...
    Do work I will not be able to make it to the game :( So Rich will have to give the OSU a big Wooooo for me.

    Come on Ted!! Change your work schedule.

    If you decide you can't can you still try to order your tickets? We need tickets badly.

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  17. Yes Ted, if you cant go I'd love to have your ticket ;) Since I'm not a student at UF and seemed to be screwed.

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  18. Veena & I have plane tickets in/out of Vegas.

    Arrive Thursday (Jan 4) 09:30 PM
    Leave Tuesday (Jan 9) 06:25 PM

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  19. Peacock's schedule is similar to James William's above.

    Holla!!!

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  20. Cassie:
    "Yes Ted, if you cant go I'd love to HAVE your ticket ;) Since I'm not a student at UF and seemed to be screwed.

    12/04/2006 06:47:26 PM

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    Free tickets??? Sign me up!!!

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  21. Peacock, you're flying into Vegas?? :)

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  22. You has to throw the Vegas tag in there. Its not like i'm not hurting enough here you just want to pour more salt on the wound.

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  23. Vegas Baby!!!

    I got a nonstop roundtrip ticket on Delta for $285 from Orlando to Vegas.

    Veena and Jamie will get to experience child care with me for 7 friggin days!!! Bwa ha ha.

    As of now, we are staying in Vegas for a few nights and on the way to Glendale, weather permitting, driving over to the Grand Canyon.

    Stay in Glendale for 2 nights and then drive back Tues. after game to Vegas for departure flights.

    A vacation within a vacation within a vacation.

    Glorious!!!

    Go Gators!!!

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  24. Spinosa, you have bigger and better things on the way than Vegas... guy!

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  25. Veena is going to need to drin a lot :)

    Take lots of Grand Canyon pics...I'm hoping to see it from the plane.

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  26. Student ticket update: The vouchers will have student names on them so only me and Steph will be able to buy them (assuming we get through).

    Any thoughts on a hotel? Aparna found a Days Inn (Buckeye, AZ) for $80 a night. She thinks it's about 25min from the stadium. We should probably try to reserve one soon and can cancel later if we find something better.

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  27. Unfort. the Peacock has found no luck with tour operators he used to work with.

    Please ignore Peacock hotel/ticket help post. :(

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  28. Hotels: Last night I saw a number of them in Phoenix on hotels.com . I did hear someone staying in Buckeye. Do you really want to stay in a town with that name though?

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  29. It is slightly encouraging that only 7,000 sold by Monday afternoon. There is still a slim chance some will be available. Gville Sun article on Ticket sales:

    Eager Gator fans, who haven"t seen a National Championship in 10 years, swamped UF"s ticket office Monday with calls. UF has 16,000 tickets allotted, 1,200 of which are for students. By Monday afternoon, more than 7,300 tickets had been sold. Season ticket holders have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to place orders, and students can order on a first-call, first-serve basis beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday until student tickets are sold out.

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  30. I just placed my order for 4 tix.

    Jamie, Sorry for the late reply, but I have not made my hotel reservation just yet.
    I will probably look for one this weekend and post.

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  31. Jamie, Sorry for the late reply, but I have not made my hotel reservation just yet.
    I will probably look for one this weekend and post.


    No problem Rich.

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  32. LONELY

    Facts and Figures about Ticket Availability
    to the National Championship Game in Glendale

    With the heavy demand for tickets to the BCS National Championship Game, the University Athletic Association would like to share with fans some numbers related to the tickets made available to the Florida Gators.

    The University of Florida received an allotment of 16,000 tickets for the Gators’ appearance in the National Championship Game on January 8th in Glendale, Arizona.
    2,250 tickets are allotted for UF students, players and the band.

    1,500 tickets are allotted to the Official/Presidents Parties, Coaches & Staff, Sponsors, University Guests, University Athletic Board of Directors and Intercollegiate Athletic Committee.

    The remaining 12,250 tickets were made available to sell to boosters.

    The athletic department received orders for 21,500 tickets, meaning 9,250 are getting refunds.

    If you were unable to purchase tickets to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, it is very unlikely that you will be able to purchase tickets for the BCS Championship Game. There is NO guarantee that orders will be filled at any level of Gator Booster priority.

    Both Florida and Ohio State received the same allotment of tickets.

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  33. From some insiders that have been doing some largescale homework setting up travel packages for Alumni/Boosters/Etc. :

    I've spent the entire day on the phone with airlines, hotels, travel agents, tour operators, car rental companies, etc. I've also talked to two ticket brokers.

    This is from a candid conversation with a ticket/hotel package wholesaler that for all practical purposes wasted about 55 of the 60 minutes we were on the phone ... If you buy tickets from a broker now, you will pay through the nose. Tickets are already dropping in cost and the price tag will continue to drop until it settles in somewhere around 2X face value and stays that way until game day. On game day, it's either boom or bust.

    Last year was the Rose Bowl and because it's 110,000 seats there were reasonably priced tickets available on game day. There are no such guarantees with Glendale because the stadium is considerably less capacity. The one hope for reasonably priced tickets on game day is that the brokers overpriced themselves and fans stayed away because they were convinced there would not be any reasonably priced tickets available.

    The best bet is to keep checking on Ebay and the broker houses. I'm told that prices dropped by an average of nearly $100 a ticket today.

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  34. We got our rejection letter for National Championship tiks. You needed 200 points, we have 30, so maybe in 10 years we will have a chance.

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  35. HOTEL

    Ok, it's time we start thinking about a hotel. Right now I see a room at the University Inn & Suites for $105/night in Tempe (right across from ASU campus). These change hourly. Also, there are good leads on GatorCountry for 2 travel agents with Gator specials ($102 to $200 per night).

    How many rooms?
    I'd say 3.
    Jamie, Veena, Peacock, Bruscia, Rich, Gene, Jaime, Aparna, Cassie, ?

    Where?
    Somewhere up 17 would be the best logistically for those of us commuting from Vegas. However, Tempe or Scottsdale is probably the best location for bars/restaurants/action.

    Anyone have any input/suggestions? Post or call me.

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  36. Jamie, I'm holding the tail!!!

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  37. ALL:
    Gene is making reservations for a great steak restaurant on Sunday night. He's included everyone in the count. It is like $50 per person.

    Let me know if you are NOT interested asap.

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  38. James William:

    i AM interested.

    Peacock

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  39. Looks like all the Gator events are in Scottsdale, so I'm leaning toward Scottsdale for hotel if I can find some.

    Here is a link to a bar where you can watch the game if you don't score tix. It is in Scottsdale which is about 20min from Glendale (where the stadium is). There is not much in Glendale besides the stadium.

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  40. A special shout out to my main men, Michael Jordan and Todd Miller!!!

    Holla!!!

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  41. Gator Events in Arizona:

    Sunday evening:
    5 to 8pm: UF Pep Rally in Old Towne Scottsdale -- admission is Free!
    8pm until ?: Gator Country Gathering in Old Towne Scottsdale -- Tickets are $30 (includes buffet dinner) and must be purchased in advance.

    Monday (Gameday):
    Noon: Official Gator Nation Tailgate in Glendale by the stadium -- Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance.

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  42. I canceled this hotel room since we were able to find a better one. This Motel 6 still has rooms available if anyone needs one.

    Motel 6
    PHOENIX NORTH - BELL ROAD
    2330 W BELL RD
    I-17 AT BELL RD, EXIT #212-A
    PHOENIX, AZ, USA, 85023
    602-993-2353

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  43. Veena and I have already purchased tickets to both the Gator Country Gathering on Sunday night at 8pm and the Official Gator Nation Tailgate on Monday afternoon. If you plan on joining us you should also purchase those tickets. See my post above for links and information.

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  44. We are staying at the Scottsdale Villa Mirage Resort. It is a 2 room suite with 2 beds and 2 pullout couches.

    Google Map

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  45. Peacock purchased tickets online to both events as James William and Veena.

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