FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Officials estimate that as many as 200,000 revelers may come to south Florida without tickets for Monday night's national championship football game.
Matthew Pugh and Radney Wallace, both of Moulton, are among them.
"You want to be part of it, whether you have tickets or not," said Wallace, who obtained a ticket when Alabama played Texas in the Rose Bowl in 2010 but had no luck when the Crimson Tide won its 14th national championship against LSU in 2012 in New Orleans.
"I was there," Pugh said, referring to the LSU game. "I just hung out with friends."
Stubhub, an online ticket sales site, still had tickets on sale Saturday, at prices ranging from $900 to $1,500 for the $325 face-value tickets.
Annie Pollard and her husband Aaron, of Dothan, paid $850 each. It is their first national title game and one they say is "very significant" because their son is an Alabama cheerleader. She said they were prepared to pay as much as $1,500 each for tickets.
Bowl Championship Series officials are warning fans about buying tickets on the street. A spokeswoman said they have seen fakes.
There are a number of events around Sun Life Stadium where fans may purchase "fan tickets" for as little as $90 to watch the game on big screens in tents outside the 76,000-seat venue.
Each university received 17,000 tickets, and Alabama senior Kristin Key, of Mobile, got a student ticket for $235.
"I spent all of my Christmas money to come down here," she said.
Key was on the same airplane coming here when Annie Pollard loudly announced that "Alabama is in the house to take care of the golden domers."
Looking back at the Notre Dame fan, who by then had pulled his cap over his face, she said, "And we are the mobile homers."
The people around her laughed.
The rest of the flight was uneventful, until the plane landed and Pollard started playing the Alabama fight song on her cellphone.
TUSCALOOSA — Two U.S. Senators, Richard Shelby, of Alabama, and Dan Coats, of Indiana, have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the national championship football game between Alabama and Notre Dame.
Shelby announced Friday that if Notre Dame wins, he will provide Dreamland BBQ from Tuscaloosa for Coats’ office in Washington. Coats said that if Alabama wins, he will deliver a basket of goods from South Bend Chocolate Co. to Shelby’s office.
Both senators expressed confidence that their home team would win Monday night’s game and that it would be the other senator making a food delivery.