Penn State fans preparing for trip to Fiesta Bowl
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY —
The phones have been ringing nonstop at Centre For Travel since the Penn State bowl game destination was announced.
Since the 1970's the company has offered travel packages for Penn State bowl games, but owner Kay Rogers says this is the busiest they've ever been.
“It has been very busy, and actually much busier than we did last year with the Rose Bowl,” Rogers said.
Sunday morning bowl projections publicized the Nittany lions will face Washington in the Fiesta Bowl Dec. 30th.
Since the report, fans have moved quickly to book their trips.
"This is a very special bowl,” Rogers said. “We haven’t been to the Fiesta Bowl in many years"
Penn State returns to the Fiesta Bowl for the first time since 1997, facing a team they haven’t seen in over 30 years.
The excitement builds up in Happy Valley, but it's not easy for everyone to make it to the game.
“It’s pretty far and costly,” said fan Riley Glancy.
Several football fans and students say the cost and distance is what cuts their chances of going.
According to kayak.com, the cheapest flight to Arizona that weekend starts at $825.
“It is probably more money than I have, especially around the holidays, and it is just a little too far for me to make that trip," said Penn State student Natalie Schwer.
Another fan says he'd be willing to pay the price but only for a better match up.
"I decided not to go because I just wasn’t as excited to be matched up against Washington,” said Jacob Steidinger. “I was looking for a different bowl game or a different match up, which we sadly didn’t get."