“It’ll cost about that much to do it,” said Jeremy Gray, associate athletic director.
That might sound like a lot of money to spend on one trip, but when you have to transport, house and feed hundreds of people, things start to add up fast.
Including the team, coaches, administrators, support staff and families of senior staff and coaches, more than 400 people are in the Hoosiers’ travel party, Gray said. That doesn’t include the 25 or so cheerleaders and about 250 members of the Marching Hundred who will also be at the game.
It will take four flights to get the core travel party to the game. The first two flights, carrying the players and coaches, left Monday. Another flight was scheduled to leave today, while the final flight will leave the morning of the game on Saturday.
The travel party will occupy 210 rooms at the New York Hilton Midtown Manhattan hotel during its stay. A classic, one-bed room could be booked from the hotel’s website from Monday through Sunday for $389 a night.
Expenses for a bowl game can add up so quickly, some schools actually lose money. It happened to IU in 1991 when the athletic department lost $169,000 on a trip to the Copper Bowl. The athletic department covered the cost of taking the full band plus cheerleaders, coaches and their immediate families, trainers, doctors, about 115 football players and others permitted under NCAA and Big Ten Guidelines to Tempe, Arizona, for the game. IU’s athletic director at the time, Clarence Doninger, estimated there were more than 500 people in that group.