UCF stu­dents camp out for bowl char­ter flight tick­ets

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Joe Bur­bank and Gal Tziper­man Lotan

About 80 UCF stu­dents, many drag­ging blan­kets, com­forters and pil­lows, camped out in front of the CFE Arena on Thurs­day night in hopes of snag­ging low-fare tick­ets to a char­ter flight for the Fiesta Bowl, where the Knights foot­ball team will take on the LSU Tigers on New Year’s Day.

Junior Parker Mel­nick, 20, got the first ticket af­ter they went on sale at 9 a.m. Fri­day.

Mel­nick said a friend called Thurs­day and told him about the ticket sale.

“We left the house pretty quick and were the first ones in line,” said Mel­nick, a junior from At­lanta who with his twin brother, Jonathan, got to the arena at 7 p.m.

“We did not stay warm,” Jonathan said of sleep­ing out­side.

The Univer­sity of Cen­tral Florida’s stu­dent gov­ern­ment will char­ter the plane, and there will be room for 158 stu­dents. To buy a ticket — only one per stu­dent al­lowed — stu­dents had to have a valid stu­dent ID, a UCF email ad­dress, and $250 in a check, money or­der or cash.

It ap­pears to be a good deal for stu­dents who hope to see their 25-0 Knights beat LSU. As of Fri­day morn­ing, the least ex­pen­sive tick­ets from Or­lando In­ter­na­tional

Air­port to Sky Har­bor In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Phoenix hov­ered at about $300 but had con­nec­tions through Bos­ton or New York, putting to­tal travel time at be­tween eight and 12 hours, ac­cord­ing to flight book­ing web­site Kayak.com. The least ex­pen­sive di­rect round trip, through Amer­i­can Air­lines, was listed at $887.

Stu­dents still will have to pay for their own game tick­ets, lodg­ing and trans­porta­tion to and from the air­port once they touch down in Ari­zona.

The char­tered flight will leave Or­lando In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Dec. 31 and re­turn Jan. 2.

“It’s go­ing to be a great time to have ev­ery­body all to­gether … charge on, baby!” Parker Mel­nick said while clutch­ing his ticket.

UCF last played in the Fiesta Bowl in 2014, when it beat Bay­lor. Last year, the UCF de­feated Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

JOE BUR­BANK/OR­LANDO SEN­TINEL

UCF junior Parker Mel­nick holds the flight voucher af­ter be­ing the first in line to pur­chase a sub­si­dized ticket to the 2019 Fiesta Bowl.

JOE BUR­BANK/OR­LANDO SEN­TINEL

UCF stu­dent Sil­vana Vis­bal sleeps Fri­day as stu­dents camp out­side the CFE Arena to pur­chase sub­si­dized plane tick­ets to fly to Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl.

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