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Nebraska fans disinterested in Gator Bowl bid, travel options dwindling


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Cred: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska fans are not pleased with the Cornuskers’ 2013 season and subsequent Gator Bowl bid, judging from the cancellation of a Southwest Airlines charter to Jacksonville, FL.

According to the Sioux City Journal, Collegiate Athletics, the company organizing the charter, and Executive Travel, the company booking trips, decided to cancel the charter after fans showed little interest in booking.

“With this cancellation, Husker fans will need to shop for the best air travel flights offered by commercial carriers,” Rose White of AAA Nebraska said in an email. “When doing so, note the number of connections and the estimated flight time. Flight times vary dramatically from less than five hours to more than 14 hours.”

Originally multiple air travel accommodations were planned, but it was eventually pared down into the one charter, before the companies pulled the plug altogether.

“It would appear all the Pelini drama has disenfranchised a large number of people who followed the Huskers every year,” Steve Glenn, CEO of Executive Travel and a former Husker player, said in an earlier email. “Despite the bad news I hope the Huskers play well and I so want them to win the game.”

Glenn also feels that the Huskers being passed over for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, AZ has led to fans disinterest in traveling.

This marks the first time in 27 years the company has had to cancel a tour for a Huskers bowl game.

AAA Travel and Allied Tour & Travel, two companies which were also working to book airline charters, are still working together to offer motorcoach trips for fans.

Nebraska will play Georgia on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Kickoff from Jacksonville is set for 12:00 p.m. ET.

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