Many advantages come from using chartered flights over public air travel--just ask the Boise State men’s basketball team. Airlines often cancel or delay public flights, leading to long bus rides that often get in the way of athletic preparation. In the Mountain West Conference, both dramatic weather and the use of small to mid-sized airports result in significant advantages to teams that can fund charter flights. Colorado State University charters every flight and has noticed a measurable improvement in their basketball performance.
Boise State increased their use of charter flights this year, and coach Leon Rice already sees a difference in the program's success. In addition to arriving to the game in peak condition, Boise State's athletes are getting more rest, attending classes more regularly, and experiencing less need for medical treatment. Rice states:
I think it minimizes sickness, because you're not on a public plane where everyone's coughing on you and that kind of thing… It's huge for the program. The more we can do those, it helps the team.
Just recently, the University of Nevada had a flight cancelled to Salt Lake City, forcing them to rent a bus to travel from Reno to Utah to play Utah State. Busses lead to cramped legs and late arrivals when the difference between winning and losing could come down to just one score.
Rice states, “It's a big advantage to the programs that do it. If we want to be in the top of the Mountain West, we have to do those kinds of things.”
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