Jan 7th, 2019

How did Alabama and Clemson get to California?

Posted in Aviation News

How were the Alabama and Clemson teams transported to California for the National Championship Game?  I ask that question and my research turned up the following answer.

Before the 2014 college football season it was decided that a National Championship Game would be contested in college football.  This takes place one week after the college bowl games end.  The two contenders are decided in two of the major bowl games.  ESPN (which essentially funds the endeavor) dubs the major bowl games, the New Year’s Six.  The major bowls: Rose, Cotton, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, and Peach. 

This year’s national championship game is between Alabama University and Clemson (meeting for the third time in four years).  The location is northern California.  A quick geography check tells me that this location is nowhere near either campus.  Therefore, I asked how did the teams arrive.  Commercial flight, private jet, hot air balloon? 

Delta A330

The answer is chartered airline flight.  The big winner is Delta.  For footage of the Clemson team arriving see: https://www.thestate.com/sports/college/acc/clemson-university/article223920680.html

I could not find a definitive answer on the Alabama flight, but all signs point to Delta.  Delta’s dominant position in the southeastern United States with major hub Atlanta makes it a natural choice.  It seems that Delta handpicks the flights for the Bama squad and you had better have Bama connections.  See https://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2012/09/a_dedicated_team_flies_the_ala.html

Alabama on offense

My question is: Do those gigantic football players get only one bag of peanuts for the cross-country flight?

Clemson’s Traditional Entry to their Home Field