MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There were customers in line when the University of Minnesota athletic ticket office opened for business Monday. They were there to buy tickets to the Gopher football team’s upcoming bowl game. By mid-afternoon, fans purchased more than 2,500 passes to the game.
Unlike past postseason football trips to Texas, Tennessee and Arizona, this game for Minnesota is in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl. They face No. 16-ranked Missouri. The two teams square off at 1 p.m. eastern time on national television.
The Gophers have been passed over before for more attractive bowl games because of a fan base that’s notorious for not traveling well. Julie Gotham of Blaine says this trip might be different.
“I sure hope so,” she said. “When we have a good team to go see, that makes all the difference in the world. This is a really exciting opportunity and all the stars are lining up.”
The Gophers last played on New Year’s Day in 1962. The U is already advertising special packages for the trip to sunny Florida.
Officials with Creative Charters say about 50 people have already booked their reservations. The company is offering a seven-day, six-night package for football fans. If you get a package deal for the bow game, it will likely cost you anywhere between $1,499 to about $1,8000 if you book through a travel agency.
“I had a gentleman call last night and he and his dad are going. His dad is 91 years old. He was at the last Jan. 1 game that the Gophers played,” said Dorothy Erban with Creative Charters.
Cindy Evans of Minneapolis glanced at the prices when checking out the packages online.
“Yikes! I don’t have disposable income so that wouldn’t work for me much,” she said.
For fans who are booking their trip through a travel agent, it should be noted that the price of the packages includes transportation and hotel costs. They do not include tickets to the bowl game. The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is also offering travel packages to the Citrus Bowl.