Your BCS Bowl Travel Guide
You’re in a Bowl Game… Now What?
It’s official, you are one of the chosen ones: your team is going to a BCS bowl. Why wouldn’t you want to be there to see your team take down a BCS bowl in their last year of existence? Now begins the arduous task of finding transportation, lodging and – most importantly – tickets. Thankfully, SeatGeek has you covered on the tickets, and we’ve put together a nice little guide on finding the best deals on transportation and lodging, too.
Bowl Game Tickets
Let’s get this one out of the way first, especially since it will be the easiest. Only the Sugar and Orange Bowls still have tickets available at the box office (and they’re only in the upper deck). If you’re looking to get into the stadium to see your team play this January, you’re going to have to head to the secondary ticket market. Thankfully, SeatGeek ranks and maps nearly every ticket that can be found on the internet in one place. We take all of the hassle out of trying to find the best deal out there. Just click your game’s link below and start shopping.
BCS Bowl Games
Non-BCS Bowl Games
Getting to the City
In an ideal world you live close enough to your bowl game to drive, but we know that isn’t realistic for everyone. If you need to fly, get on that right now because tickets are only going to get more expensive between now and your game. My favorite way to find a flight is through ITA Software. This is the software that travel agents use to book flights for their clients and will almost always find you the cheapest airfare, however it requires you to then book your flights manually on each airline’s website. If you’re looking for something a little more user-friendly try Hipmunk or Kayak which provide similar functionality while linking you directly to the checkout page for the chosen flight. Hipmunk is nice because they include trains, too!
Getting to the Game
You made it to your host city, but now you actually need to navigate the pregame mess and make it to the stadium.
This is generally my least favorite option because it’s usually packed and takes forever, but it’s almost always hands down the cheapest.
Here are links to getting to each stadium via public transit, however be warned none of these cities have very good public transit options so this could be a huge pain:
- Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship
- Orange Bowl
- Sugar Bowl, however walking may be your best bet here
- Fiesta Bowl goers are out of luck, there is no public transit available
There are private Bowl Busses available for every bowl game this offseason. These guys will set you back ~$50 for a round trip to and from the stadium. It’s a little steep but convenient, especially if you plan to imbibe a little alcohol at the game.
Taxi services are always an option, but a few bowl cities have some unique new private car services available.
- Lyft is a ride share service that lets private citizens earn extra money by becoming temporary taxi drivers. All payments are via “donations,” but don’t be a jerk and not donate to your driver. Lyft is only available for the Rose Bowl, BCS National Championship Game and Fiesta Bowl.
- Uber is a private car service with rates comparable to taxis. If you have a big group, you can even reserve SUVs (usually a black Escalade). Download the app and set your pickup location. No need to worry about tipping or fumbling with cash because all payments occur within the app. Uber is only available for the Rose Bowl, BCS National Championship and Fiesta Bowl.
If you’re driving your own car to the stadium, parking is going to be a mess. Sort it out ahead of time and book your parking today so you don’t have to deal with it on game day. ParkWhiz is an awesome service that shows you all of the available parking lots ahead of the game as well as links to book today.
You’ve probably travelled plenty in your life. If you want a hotel, you should definitely be using one of the aggregate search sites like Kayak, Expedia or Priceline. But there are also plenty of lesser-known, less expensive options. If you want to live dangerously but still stay in a hotel, check out Hotel Tonight, a cool app that provides discount hotels with the hitch that you can only book starting at 9 AM the day of check-in. You may find a good deal… but you also may be stuck way outside of town.
The other option is renting a private apartment, house or room. The huge popularity of sites like AirBnB and Roomorama have made it super easy to rent out entire houses while on vacation. You could rent a house with all your friends on AirBnB and end up paying way less than a hotel would cost you. If you’re traveling to the game with a group then this is definitely the way to go.
If you followed our advice then you should now have tickets, a place to stay, and solid transportation to your host city. Hopefully you get to see a win, too!