Local Tigers fans prepare for trip to Pasadena
by Brian Anderson
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Aubie leads the Auburn cheerleaders during Tiger Walk prior to the Mississippi State game earlier this year. (Photo by Jeremy Miniard)
Aubie leads the Auburn cheerleaders during Tiger Walk prior to the Mississippi State game earlier this year. (Photo by Jeremy Miniard)
Brooke Nelson said when Auburn won the Southeast Conference championship last weekend, she knew she had to cancel her family’s upcoming ski trip.

The Talladega County resident and Auburn graduate immediately booked a flight for six to Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 5, two rooms at the Ramada Inn for three nights, and a rental car. Now, she just needs tickets to see the Auburn Tigers play their second BCS National Championship game in four years.

“I haven’t done the math because it’s kind of scary,” said Nelson, who estimates tickets will likely cost her $1,000 apiece, putting the whole trip well over $10,000. “But it’s worth it.”

Not everyone will need to shell out a grand for tickets to the game at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6. Face value for the tickets is about $300, and select Auburn students, alumni and faculty will get a chance this week to buy the 22,000 distributed to Auburn University.

The resale value is slightly higher, with the website Ticket City putting the average ticket price for the game at about $1,300 — which could be a bargain for some fans. When the Tigers played in the national championship game in 2011 in Glendale, Ariz., tickets were going for double the price.

Total Sports Travel started booking travel packages for Auburn fans on Sunday and had already sold out several hotel options by Tuesday. A package that includes a round-trip flight from Birmingham to Los Angeles, three nights at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and transportation to the game costs $1,660 a person. That doesn’t include a ticket to the game.

Nelson said she’s waiting to find out if her youngest son, an Auburn student, can get hold of a $300 ticket, easing some of the financial burden for the 2,000-mile trip. She said her husband also suggested seeing if they can get a cheaper ticket at the game by haggling with some last-minute scalpers.

“I said, ‘no way,’” Nelson said. “I want a ticket in my hand when I get there.”

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

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