EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) – While the Oregon Ducks football team still has yet to play the Pac-12 Championship, some confident, pre-game predictions have fans smelling roses and a Rose Bowl birth, leading to preps in their travel plans.
At their own will, some fans are already booking their own travel plan to Pasadena, California for the 2011 Rose Bowl.
Tickets are already being offered through a Tournament of Roses approved service website called “TeamTix.” The prices being offered from that site (which guarantees a face value ticket purchase) range from $125 to $350 per seat. Official tickets weren’t on sale as of Monday, November 28th, 2011.
Over at Premier Travel in Springfield, the travel agency has already taken more than 20 calls from people hoping to book Pasadena travel packages.
Generally, those packages include two or three nights lodging, plus airfare and shuttles. Premier Travel has no official travel packages for sale yet as of Monday, November 28th, 2011.
The packages typically cost about $1,500 per person on average.
Agents expect the pre-reservation list to increase this week.
“We'll still have charters to sell into, but I don't know if people will be looking to go in that way as much and I think that's mainly because of the economy and so I think we're looking at some other options, there's still going to be people who will go, and I think we're going to have a ton of fans there like before, but I think they're looking to do it a little more economically,” says Lauri Quinby, a travel agent at Premier Travel.
Last time the Ducks went to the Rose Bowl was part of the 2009 season, on January 1st, 2010. The Ducks lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 26 to 17. The Ducks haven’t won a Rose Bowl since 1917.
As for *if* the Ducks will go to the Rose Bowl, that decision comes Friday at the conclusion of the very first Pac-12 Conference Championship Game. Kick-off is at at Autzen Stadium. The game will be broadcast on FOX.