Athletics to fund buses for students to FIU game


[Max Jackson | Photo Editor] FAU students took three buses leaving the Boca campus on the evening of Friday, Sept. 5. Pictured are bus riders reading the University Press’ Football Special Issue.

The Athletic Department, in partnership with FAU’s Student Government, is set to fund five buses for students to attend the football game at Florida International University on Oct. 2.

The cost of the FIU buses to the Athletic Department will be determined by the amount of tickets purchased by students. The bus tickets cost students $9. The money will serve as a deposit and will be returned to patrons once they sign in on game day.

Student Government will pay for the cost of the tickets to the football game as their part of the partnership with Athletics.

Bus One, the company that the buses were chartered from, said they would charge $5875 for five buses from FAU to FIU.

Previously, the Student Government funded three buses to the second game of the season at Alabama on Sept. 6. The cost of a bus ticket for students was $60 and covered the bus, one snack and one gameday ticket. The Alabama buses cost an undisclosed sum to the Student Government.

The UP reached out to House Speaker Chris Ferreira, Student Body President Michael Cepeda and Student Government’s Office of Accounting and Budget, but did not receive an exact figure for how much money is changing hands.

On the buses, Cepeda said “Our goal was to continue FAU’s tradition of bringing students to away games to cheer on the football team.”

In the past, Student Government has funded at least one trip a year to a game, usually to a local opponent. Last year, the Student Government brought students to the Sept. 14 game at University of South Florida.

Students who are interested in attending the FAU-FIU game on Oct. 2 can purchase a ticket at the following link.