Fiesta Bowl a lukewarm ticket so far
Saturday’s heartbreaking West Virginia University loss to Pittsburgh has stopped some traveling fans and travel agencies in their tracks.
Last week, local travel agencies were swamped with calls to book travel packages to New Orleans, the home of this season’s national championship game. On Tuesday, the same furor wasn’t being felt for the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, some local travel agencies said.
At National Travel, which works with the WVU alumni association to design travel packages, about 5,700 travel packages were booked for New Orleans last week, said President Ted Lawson.
Of the 5,700, 3,000 people had put down deposits and 2,700 had been put on a waiting list, he said.
Now, he expects only 500 to 800 people to book the Fiesta Bowl package, he said.
“It was a tremendous disappointment,” he said. “Still, Oklahoma fans are excited about playing the Mountaineers. Our fans better get up. Their fans are already up.”
National Travel finalized packages to Phoenix on Tuesday, he said. He said it was “a little different product” than the New Orleans trip — the package includes a longer stay and five-star accommodations.
The three- and four-night deluxe packages, including airfare, start at $2,245 for double occupancy. The package includes a stay at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, chartered airfare from Charleston, a reserved-seat upper-level terrace end zone game ticket, ground transfers and pre-game party.
The three-day value packages start at $1,895, with a stay at Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town, a game ticket, chartered air and pre-game party.
Packages, minus the airfare, are also available, starting at $945 for double occupancy.
Around the World Travel is also booking travel packages to Phoenix — although, at nowhere near the rate as last week, said owner Maury Reishman.