There’s something to be said for thinking ahead.
Dozens of Washington State football fans have called area travel agents. If the Cougars win the Apple Cup today, their Rose Bowl reservations are already made.
“We have had all kinds of calls,” said Deann Peterson, an agent at Carlson Wagonlit Travel. “People know that, come Monday, tickets will go very, very fast.”
Fans who take their chances and wait to plan a trip to Pasadena, Calif., may end up, like most people, watching the game on television.
But even some diehard fans are finding it hard to pay an average of $1,000 for a package that ensures plane and hotel reservations, as well as game and parade tickets.
“People are having a hard time committing,” said Prestige Travel agent Heather McFarland.
“I tell them about tickets and packages and then listen to them gasp,” she said.
There are cheaper ways to go, said House of Travel agent Cary Day. But a less expensive flight may end up costing you a seat at the game.
Travel agents “can’t get people guaranteed (game) tickets,” Day said, adding that most will be bought up and sold in the package deals.
WSU officials said Friday they don’t know how many tickets they’ll be given to sell if the Cougars go to the Rose Bowl.
If all goes well for the Cougars today, information on game tickets will be available Monday, said Janay Leddy at the WSU Sports Information Office. Fans should call 1-800-GOCOUGS, she said.
If WSU loses to the University of Washington today, information on other bowl games the Cougars may be eligible for will also be available.
Some local residents have already bought Rose Bowl package deals without a guarantee of the Cougars going, McFarland said.
“It’s a once in a lifetime thing,” McFarland said. “Some people don’t care who plays, they just want to go.”
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: CHANCE OF FOG A break between November storms in the Inland Northwest is bringing a risk of fog at Spokane International Airport this morning. The National Weather Service said fog could hang over runways at the airport during the early morning hours, possibly causing problems for people planning to fly to Seattle for the Apple Cup football game that starts at 12:30 p.m. The fog should break up later this morning as daytime temperatures rise to about 38 degrees. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies this afternoon.