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Bowl Game Travel Tips

Your favorite college football team had an amazing season and your school was invited to a bowl game… congratulations! Whether you follow a perennial powerhouse, or your team has a fun Cinderella story, bowl games are a great way to end the season – for both players and fans. If you’re thinking about following your team to the game, read on: There are only a few weeks between Selection Sunday and most of the major bowl games, and we have some tips to help you find the best deals.

Group Discounts

Often, schools will offer group travel packages that. These packages can provide you with a one-stop-shop for airline tickets, hotel reservations and game tickets. Most packages will include several days of sight-seeing and pre- and post-game activities. Demand is high for these packages, so communicate with the alumni offices early for the most favorable deals.

Create Your Own Package

Often, with so many eager bowl game travelers, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a travel website that’s not rolling out deals around Selection Sunday. By combing through online travel sites or using ticketing sites like Expedia or Kayak, you can compare travel costs to find the best rates on things like flights, hotels and rental cars. You can build your own travel package with these sites, and you will have travel date flexibility. Don’t delay – a lot of fans are doing the same thing, so deals tend to go fast! If you find a reasonable rate, make sure to snap it up quickly.

Finding Game Tickets

Going through your school is the surest way to secure tickets to the biggest game of the year. Your school will have a ticket allotment (a set number of tickets that the bowl game gives to each school to sell to their fans). The bowl game will also sell tickets to fans directly. When those are gone, fans generally turn to the secondary ticket market on sites like StubHub and Seat Geek, where people will sell their tickets. But, buyer beware – unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people that try to take advantage of eager fans by selling fake tickets. Many sites will offer a money back guarantee if you wind up with fake tickets, but cash back won’t help you get in the gate on game day. Use caution any time you don’t buy tickets from a primary source!

Take Part in the Spectacle

When making your travel plans, think about arriving a few days early. From pep rallies, local sightseeing tours and parades, bowl game committees roll out the red carpet for fans. Taking part in some of the pre-game activities adds to the fun. Schools will also get in on the fun and schedule mascot challenges, dance-offs and pep rallies. Look online for full schedules and plan to participate in these activities!

If All Else Fails

Attending a bowl game generally takes a lot of advanced travel arrangements and extra planning, but plenty of fans get caught up in the local excitement and make the last-minute decision to travel to the game. It may require driving overnight and sleeping in shifts, but the road trip with friends is bound to be fodder for endless stories for years to come! If this is you, be sure to get there early enough to tailgate with fans and enjoy the madness of game day. Relish this experience – it’s not every day that your team can make it to a championship of this magnitude! Buy the T-shirt, snap the pictures and enjoy your time (hopefully) celebrating with your team. You can brag to your friends that you were there!


Your Farm Bureau agent may not have tickets to give away, but they can help you in other ways. Before you leave, check with your local Farm Bureau agent on auto coverage for your rental car, and roadside assistance if the trip doesn’t go as planned. Have fun, and cheer your team to victory!