As St. Nick and the Eagles head to New Orleans this Sunday, some Birds fans are making plans to flock south for the big game.
Eagles fans are expected to make up about 18 percent of the playoff crowd (that’s one Eagles fan for every five Saints supporters) at the Superdome, according to ticket vendor Vivid Seats. Of the four divisional playoff games this weekend, that’s the smallest crowd rooting for the visiting team, according to Vivid Seats.
It’s not a straight shot and involves about 2½ days of double-decker travel, but Megabus is offering a route to New Orleans and back, with layovers in Washington and Atlanta, for $203.50 round-trip. The bus leaves Philadelphia on Friday morning and returns Tuesday evening.
If you’re looking to drive to New Orleans, the 1,200-mile trip from Lincoln Financial Stadium to Mercedes-Benz Superdome will take you around 18½ hours, according to Google Maps. With gas prices nationwide averaging $2.23, the round-trip drive would cost about $206 in fuel in a sedan that averages 29 miles to the gallon, AAA estimates.
For Birds fans willing to spend the money and save time by flying to the game, the cheapest round-trip tickets cost around $570, sans baggage, according to Google Flights.
For those watching the game on TV, kickoff is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. EST on FOX.
The last time they were in New Orleans, the Eagles suffered the worst loss ever by a defending Super Bowl champion, with a 48-7 rout by the Saints.
But the postseason Birds are a different team, says head coach Doug Pederson.