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Landing at OKC’s airport could save Super Bowl fans hundreds of dollars

Travel experts say the three-hour car ride from Oklahoma City to Dallas will be worth it to many.

BY JENNIFER PALMER Modified: January 25, 2011 at 9:47 am •  Published: January 25, 2011
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He said his friend, a New York Jets fan, had considered it to save $750 but scrapped his travel plans after his team lost Sunday.

Rovell said Oklahoma City should do whatever it can to capture tourism dollars on the way to and from the game.

Jeff Penner, executive director of the Greater Oklahoma City Metro Hotel Association, said offering a promotion, Feb. 6 to encourage football fans to drive back after the game and stay here was a great idea — and one he plans to suggest to the association’s members.

After all, there’ll be thousands of football fans trying to leave Dallas the morning after the game.

“I think it’s something every hotel would consider because Sunday is the softest night of the week,” he said.

Will Rogers World Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said so far, the airlines and rental car companies haven’t seen an influx of bookings on Super Bowl weekend. But that could change as the game nears.

Lindsay Vidrine, director of travel communications for the state Tourism and Recreation Department, said even if Super Bowl travelers just make a brief stop at Will Rogers airport, it will give more people a positive impression of the state.

“There are a lot of great restaurants and attractions along the way (to Dallas),” she said. “We hope they’ll take some time to explore Oklahoma.”

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