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December 2009 Longhorn Fans Prepare for Championship

December 2009 Longhorn Fans Prepare for Championship

Longhorn Fans Prepare for Championship

Tickets to Pasadena costly but no setback for some

December 7, 2009
Carla Castano

(AUSTIN, TX) - Going to Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium next month to see the Longhorns compete for the BCS National Championship will cost big bucks, but that is not deterring numerous Longhorn fans who plan to pack the stadium to watch their team.

The Jan. 7, 2010 match-up will pack more than 100,000 fans for the title battle between Alabama and the University of Texas.

“We’ve already sold 45% of our ticket allotment,” said Randy Cohen, CEO of TicketCity.

The Austin-based ticket brokerage business CEO said the phones have been ringing off the hook since last night.

“We have about 14 people just booking bowl games,” said Cohen.

BCS championship game tickets are going for $950 to $2500 according to Cohen. While the economy is down, sales are still up.

“Our website had more than 60,000 visitors last night alone,” said Cohen. “This will be our biggest year.”

Danny Pounds is a long-time Longhorn fan and attended the championship game in 2005 - in which the Longhorns emerged victorious in the final second of the game.

He said going this year won’t be cheap - but it will be well worth it.

“I am expecting to spend $7000 or $8000 by the time you add tickets, hotel and airfare, and I am taking six people,” said Pounds.

The University of Texas alumni group, Texas Exes, report travel packages from $1,029 a person for a two-night hotel stay to $1,959 for seats on chartered planes, hotel rooms and ground transportation.

The 2010 BCS National Championship Game will match up the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns. The Tide are winners of the SEC and come into the game led by running back Mark Ingram and quarterback Greg McElroy. Alabama's head coach Nick Saban returns to the National Championship Game, where he won a title with the LSU Tigers in 2004.

The Texas Longhorns are led by quarterback Colt McCoy and receiver Jordan Shipley. With 45 victories under his belt, McCoy has more wins than any other QB in college-football history. 

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