Hoosiers Finally Arrive in Arizona
Dec. 27, 2007
The Hoosiers have arrived in Arizona... FINALLY! After a four-plus hour delay at the Monroe County Airport, a stop back to Memorial Stadium for lunch and a re-routing to Indianapolis International Airport, the Indiana football team touched down at Phoenix International Airport at 6:47 p.m. MST.
Gathering for a team breakfast at 7:30 EST, the team finally arrived at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort at 7:40 p.m. MST, wrapping up a 13-hour travel day. The team proceeded to dinner before heading to a team meeting and a welcome from Insight Bowl President John Junker.
The Hoosiers left Memorial Stadium at 8:30 a.m. EST and arrived at Monroe Country Airport at 8:45 a.m. Mechanical issues forced the Hoosiers to sit on the runway for just over four hours and moved the team to Memorial Stadium for lunch. At 2:30 p.m., the travel party loaded the buses and headed north to Indianapolis, where everyone loaded a working airplane and took off for Arizona at 5:17 p.m.
Here is a look at the Hoosiers' busy travel day en route to its first bowl game since 1993... the 2007 Insight Bowl.
7:30 a.m. - Team breakfast served in the Hoosier Room at Memorial Stadium.
8:15 a.m. - The team loads three buses and heads to Monroe County Airport.
8:45 a.m. - Hoosiers arrive at Monroe County Airport, go through airport security, re-load buses and wait on the runway as airline workers attempt to solve mechanical issues.
12:50 p.m. - Travel party is informed it will now bus to Indianapolis International Airport and catch a working airplane.
1:10 p.m. - The buses return to Memorial Stadium and lunch is served in the Hoosier Room.
2:30 p.m. - Buses are re-loaded and the Hoosiers head north up State Road 37 to Indianapolis International Airport.
3:30 p.m. - The team arrives in Indianapolis and learns it will go through airport security once more before boarding the airplane.
4:35 p.m. - Security is complete and clearance is given to board the airplane.
5:17 p.m. - LIFT OFF!
6:47 p.m. MST - The team arrives at Phoenix International Airport. Head coach Bill Lynch meets with the media and the Insight Bowl Welcoming Committee greets the team as it exits the airplane.
7:05 p.m. - Buses are loaded for the team hotel in Scottsdale.
7:40 p.m. - At last, the Hoosiers arrive at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort after an adventurous day of travel. The members of the travel party unload the buses, check into their rooms and get ready for dinner.
Due to the mechanical issues, the Hoosiers canceled their practice scheduled for Thursday afternoon. They will hit the field on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. MST for the first time in the desert.
Click here to view the action from Day 2 in Arizona. Please check back with IUHoosiers.com daily leading up to the New Year's Eve Insight Bowl clash with Oklahoma State. We will provide photos, video and updates on what the team is up to in Tempe. Go Hoosiers!
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