FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. >> Will this be the most-watched college football game ever?
That’s what some are saying as Alabama and Notre Dame get set to tee it up Monday night in the BCS National Championship game.
Why wouldn’t it be? The teams are the two most magical names in the sport. And it’s Dynasty vs. Destiny, as Alabama tries to win the title for the third time in four years and Notre Dame tries to complete an undefeated season and its climb back to the top of college football.
I’ve been here since late Wednesday afternoon, and the media hotel has been getting more crowded each day, as have the press conferences and buses to practices. Media day today at Sun Life Stadium will likely be a zoo. More than 800 media credentials have been issued.
Honolulu attorney and Notre Dame super fan Paul Cunney said the demand for tickets from Fighting Irish fans has far outstripped the number available and many ticketless ND fans are flocking to South Florida anyway just to be on the scene. Some estimate the number of those requesting tickets just from the Notre Dame fans as 100,000 for the 72,230-seat Sun Life Stadium.
Among the fans arriving in the past couple of days are the family members of Notre Dame’s three players from Hawaii, Manti Te’o, Robby Toma and Kona Schwenke.
Honolulu businessman Peter Kim, the Kaiser grad who kicked the final points of Bear Bryant’s coaching career at Alabama, arrives today.