"The BCS Bus" happens in Vegas...but it's not staying in Vegas - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

"The BCS Bus" happens in Vegas...but it's not staying in Vegas

Patrick Greene Skypes an interview to discuss "The BCS Bus" plan to get fans to the game. Patrick Greene Skypes an interview to discuss "The BCS Bus" plan to get fans to the game.

Tens of thousands of Auburn fans are making their way to Pasadena, California and the surrounding areas ahead of Monday's BCS National Championship game.

Perhaps the biggest contingency of fans is coming on what's called "The BCS Bus", a huge group of chartered buses picking up fans in Las Vegas and driving them all to the Rose Bowl Stadium Monday.

The idea for the busing system came from an Auburn alum.

When the Rose Bowl Stadium is full of fans on January 6, a little more than one percent of the stadium will have gotten there by way of The BCS Bus, which consists of 24 charter buses filled to capacity.

The fans are mainly from Alabama and each is responsible for getting to Vegas. Once there, they'll be picked up. From Vegas, it's a 5-hour, straight-shot down Interstate 15 to the stadium parking lot. Just in case there are any mechanical issues, an empty 25th bus is also making the trip as a backup.

The man behind the idea is Auburn alum Patrick Greene, with the coordinating help of his wife. It's something Greene says he planned when Auburn went to the BCS National Championship in 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.

This time around, Greene started with 8 buses. They filled up instantly and more buses had to be added as the response grew. Greene says it's neat to know he had a part in helping so many Auburn fans get to the big game.

"It's been really special," Greene says. "When we were in the planning stages, we kind of made the commitment that was going to be, first and foremost, just really, we were trying to service the Auburn family and give them an affordable way to get to the game."

There's been coordination with a travel agency out of Las Vegas as well as with officials at the Rose Bowl to get more than 1,500 people to the game.

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