On January first, Northern Illinois University's Huskies will battle Florida State in the Discover Orange Bowl.
To support their team, NIU students are making the journey all the way to Miami. Two days and 1,500 miles of open road are all that separates students from Sun Life stadium.
"We are really excited! We're going to the Orange Bowl," says Justin Sbeih
NIU President John Peters and other school leaders wanted to help students cheer for their team, in person.
The cost of cross country travel can be a bit high for the average college student, That's why the school offered a package deal.
John Jones, NIU Student Affairs Associate Vice President says "significant support did come form Alumni as well as from the university itself."
With that financial help, round trip bus tickets, two nights in a hotel, and three meals cost students only 150 dollars.
NIU's athletic department is picking up the tab for game tickets.
At such an affordable price, 1,300 students bought tickets filling 26 buses.
The first 500 tickets sold out in under 10 minutes. High demand spurred the university to add 800 more.
Busses will drive for the next 24 hours. Student Dave Reese says sleeping, isn't something you'll find on his to-do list. "No, up the whole time, we're partying all the way down there. "
Another student, Daihee Cho, agrees. " I got a lot of movies in my laptop and there's an outlet right here so I'm gonna watch a lot of movies. then she has a lot of comic books so I think I'm gonna read a comic book too.
Now en route... The only thing students have to worry about is the game itself. "Yeah we're gonna win, we're gonna cover that spread and we're gonna kill them!" says Reese.
Jones also adds, many students who were not able to buy bus package tickets through the school are still making it to the game. But they will be taking their own cars or flying.
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