**Update: 29/12/19 @ 16:25 UTC- American Airlines reached out with more information saying that the flights will be operated using Boeing 737-800 aircraft and are bookable using AAdvantage Miles.**
Dallas based American Airlines has just announced that it is adding extra flights so that Clemson Tiger fans can watch their team play in the National College Football Championship. The game between the LSU Tigers and the Clemson Tigers will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on January 13th, 2020.
No special flights were needed for the Louisiana State University fans as the LSU campus is located in the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana just an hour and 15 minutes’ drive up the road.
American Airlines is laying on three flights for Clemson fans
The Clemson Tiger fans are not so lucky with their travel time to the game with their campus in Clemson, South Carolina around a four-hour flight away that requires a connection.
With this in mind, American Airlines is adding one direct non-stop flight from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) on Saturday, January 11th, 2020.
Following the college championship game on Monday night, American Airlines is laying on two direct flights on Tuesday, January 14th to take Clemson fans back to South Carolina.
Besides the special flights for Clemson fans, both sets of Tigers fans can make their way to New Orleans by taking advantage of American Airlines’ many hubs around the country that offer direct flights to New Orleans.
Saturday, January 11th, 2020
American Airlines flight number AA2485 departs GSP at 10:55 and arrives at MYS at 12:05.
Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
American Airlines flight number AA2380 departs MSY at 08:10 and arrives at GSP at 11:05
American Airlines flight number AA2516 departs MSY at 11:00 and arrives at GSP at 13:55
Tickets for the special flights are already on sale and can be purchased by visiting aa.com.
How the teams got to the championship game
Heisman Trophy-winning Quarterback Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers dominated the number No. 4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Saturday for a place in the College Football national championship game against the likewise named Clemson Tigers.
The Clemson Tigers earned their place in the final following a come from behind 29 to 23 win over the No.2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a thrilling PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
It will be like a home game for LSU
When talking about the upcoming final with CNN following the win over Oklahoma, LSU head coach and a native Louisianan Ed Orgeron said:
“Obviously, it’s going to be a great day, going to be a purple and gold crowd in that Superdome. The state of Louisiana is going to be on fire.
“But all those things don’t win the football game for you. We have to prepare. We have to study. We have to be ready to play our best football game. … So, we’re going to prepare, whoever it may be. Obviously, we feel it’s going to be an advantage playing at home and we love that it is at home. But that’s not going to win the game for you.”
People watching the Clemson vs Ohio State game may say that the Tigers got lucky when Ohio driving with the ball made it to Clemson’s 23-yard line before Clemson’s Nolan Turner picked off a Justin Fields’ pass with 37 seconds left on the clock.
For LSU it is their first trip to the National College Football Championship since losing 21-0 against Alabama in 2011.
And while it might feel like a home game for LSU, Clemson has made it to the final four times in the past five years winning the championship in 2016 and 2018.