Alabama fans make plans for Sugar Bowl travel
by Brian Anderson
Dec 10, 2013 | 2521 views |  0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AJ McCarron behind center Ryan Kelly during Alabama's win over LSU. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
AJ McCarron behind center Ryan Kelly during Alabama's win over LSU. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Danny Shears always supports his team. Within reason.

So although the Alabama Crimson Tide won’t be playing in this year’s BCS National Championship game, Shears, the co-owner of Moore Printing in Anniston, said he doesn’t mind driving to New Orleans for a couple days in January to see his team play the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.

“It’s obviously not the game we wanted, but you can’t do anything about that now,” said Shears, who’s no stranger to attending games in the Superdome in Louisiana; that’s where he saw the 2012 BCS National Championship game and the Sugar Bowl in 2009, both involving Alabama. “I can guarantee you, though, if they went to the Orange Bowl, I would not be going to Miami.”

If Alabama fans aren’t as excited as their Auburn counterparts about their team’s end-of-season destination, at least they’ll have an easier time getting there. While Auburn fans are busy looking for cross-country flights to California for the Jan. 6 BCS National Championship, Alabama fans can take a relatively short, 400-mile, six-hour car trip Jan. 2 to the Big Easy.

Tickets will also be a little cheaper and easier to come by. As of Monday, Sugar Bowl tickets were averaging $311, according to Ticket City, with demand for the game below the National Championship, the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl.

“I went to the last three national championship games, and those were hard to get,” said Shears, who hasn’t purchased his Sugar Bowl ticket yet. “There’s going to be plenty left.”

Landing a bed for the night before or after the game will be harder on Alabama fans’ wallets, though. The average cost of a hotel room in New Orleans for Jan. 2 is $173, according to Expedia, a website that compares hotel prices. The Los Angeles area average one-night rate on Jan. 6 is $145.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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