SU players travel to Pinstripe Bowl, fans next

The weekend snowstorm that has snarled airports and highways has put a damper on travel plans, and preparations for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City have not been spared.

Sunday was supposed to be the day for the entire Orange football team to arrive in New York City to begin preparing for the game, but heavy snowstorms have stranded some of the players as they try to make their way to the Big Apple.

SU head coach Doug Marrone said last week the plan was for the team to meet in the city rather than all travel together because many of the players were away for the holiday break.

The coaching staff and approximately 20 players arrived in New York City Sunday afternoon after taking a train from Syracuse. But flight cancellations across the country have delayed most of the team.

A Syracuse University Athletics spokesperson says all players who are not with the team are accounted for.

Locally, transportation companies have been busy over the past few weeks gearing up to help Orange fans make their own trek to The Bronx.

Caz Limo says they have sold more than 300 seats for their Pinstripe Bowl trip. That TMs the equivalent of six full-size tour buses going down to New York City. Numerous other buses have also been chartered for other groups.

This is a very big event says Paul Dugal, Vice President of Caz Limo. "We're very excited, and it's been a lot of fun putting together."

If you're still thinking of going to the bowl game, Dugal says it's not too late. There are still seats available on Caz Limo's busses. They'll start leaving at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Manny's on Marshall St. is also benefitting from the big bowl game. Manager Bill Nester says right now, he's out of Pinstripe Bowl hats, and he can hardly keep the black and orange Pinstripe Bowl shirts on the shelves. He says sales are increasing for non-Pinstripe Bowl gear, too, because people just want to support the team any way they can.

"It couldn't be a better fairy tale ending for this year," says Nester. "Everybody's so excited for the team."

The Orange is scheduled to have its first practice in the city Monday afternoon as the team prepares for the game versus Kansas State. The weather has affected more than travel, however. According to SU Athletics, a youth clinic scheduled for Monday has already been postponed due to the snowy weather.

The inaugural Pinstripe Bowl is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, and will be telecast on ESPN. Stay with for coverage of the Pinstripe Bowl from Syracuse and New York City all week long.