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Tech fans looking for cheapest ride to bowl game

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With the confirmation that Texas Tech will be playing in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on December 28th in Houston, fans and students are looking for the most cost effective ways to get to the game. We did some research and even if they started looking today, it will still be a costly trip.

First are the tickets. Texas Tech has them for sale in their ticket office ranging from $25 all the way to $105, depending on how close your seat is to the action. Other sites such as Ticketmaster and Stubhub! Have tickets to the game for sale from $30 to $348.

Next is the mode of transportation. Flights booked on discount sights such as Kayak were available for $325.00 this morning but have jumped twenty dollars, and now the lowest price flight is $345.00 round trip.

If you have thoughts of driving through the scenic Texas countryside it may also cost a pretty penny. A 2007 Honda Civic that gets 27 miles to the gallon would have to fill up about four times, which would cost $120.00 if you drove straight to Houston and back.

People going down will also need a place to stay. This is a little more cost friendly. The Courtyard by Marriott near Reliant Stadium is $69.00 a night, not bad if you drive down the day of the game and another hotel called the Carefree Inn offers deals for $54.00 dollars a night.

With all of these costs, some people may just choose to watch the game from the comfort of their own home, but all of the students we talked to on campus are not deterred.

"Everyone's talking about it. We're just really excited that Tech gets the opportunity to play in a bowl game," said Freshman Macie Morris. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

She said a lot of her friends will be going down to attend the game and planned ways to reduce costs.

"A lot of people are riding together, so that will help," she said.

Senior Colten Watson has his own way of keeping costs low. "I'll call my mom, that's probably how I'm going to do it he said," he said.

He wishes the bowl game were in a different place, such as Miami, but thinks a good portion of the student body will attend.

Quinton White doesn't have to worry about paying to go to the game. He is a freshman on the football team and is very excited to be in a bowl.

"Last year we didn't have a good season, and this year we had an okay season. We could've done better, but it's a good time to be in a bowl game again so we'll go down and see if we can get a win."

The team arrives in Houston on Christmas Day, but White expects the experience to be wonderful.

"We're going to have a lot of recruits there because it's still in Texas, so it'll be good to travel and get the win and go into next season fully prepared," White said.

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