This surge in “former-Gator Hating” comes amidst a program milestone for FSU. Thursday night, the Seminoles became the third program to ever qualify for a bowl in 30 consecutive seasons. Only Nebraska (35) and Michigan (33) have had more consecutive bowl appearances in history, however, neither streak is currently active.
Despite FSU qualifying for a bowl, there is little chance the bowl chosen on their behalf will include the winner of LSU-Alabama. By all accounts, the winner of this game will have a clear path to the BCS National Championship in January, provided their record remains clean.
The stats surrounding the preparation for the game are astounding.
-Tuscaloosa airport, a small municipal airport, in the hometown of the University of Alabama typically sees 30-40 planes on a game weekend. This weekend it is expecting upwards of 250.
-The lowest priced ticket on StubHub.com is currently $400–it’s in the nosebleeds. The highest priced ticket is $1,056–it’s in row 46 on the 50-yard line. Parking passes are also ridiculous: a $106 average price.
-Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium’s record capacity is 101,821 fans. On a game weekend, a few thousand fans visit Tuscaloosa to simply tailgate and not participate in the game festivities. City officials are expecting an additional 140,000 visitors to the city.
–Celebrities expected in the crowds include: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Hank Williams, Jr., Kenny Chesney, Lil’ Wayne, Brian Williams, and even former-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.