Thousands of GSU fans pour in for team's first bowl game

Thousands of GSU fans pour in for team's first bowl game

MOBILE, AL (WTOC) - Thousands of Georgia Southern fans hoping for a break in the weather over Alabama.

Eagle Nation has invaded Mobile, AL for the team's first FBS bowl game. The coaches and players have done interviews and posed for pictures. It's now starting to look and sound like a football game.

"Georgia Southern fans travel better than any other fans in our conference. I know it was that way before we came up, but especially now. You can see it even at home games. Other teams don't travel like we do," said Kelly Chester, President, GSU Alumni Association.

Both schools showed their spirit during the Mayor's Luncheon. Thousands of Eagle fans continue to pour into Mobile and support the team. University leaders say these kinds of trips are exactly what they hoped for when they announced two years ago they would move up to the Sunbelt Conference and this division of competition.

They say the exposure of this game helps tell the world about Georgia Southern.

"It's a featured game on the 23rd, with a huge viewing audience on ESPN and our first bowl game in our second year coming into it. It's an exciting time," said GSU Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein.

The Gulf Coast has definitely given both schools a taste of its weather. The Mardi Gras parade, that was supposed to be happening, has been cancelled. But that won't dampen spirits.

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