Travel agency offers tips if you want to go to Montana and support Redhawks football

Some things you should know if you're thinking about traveling to Montana to support the SEMO Redhawks football team in the FCS Playoffs.
Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 5:38 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - If you are looking to support the SEMO Redhawks Football team in person in Montana, there’s a couple things you should know.

The SEMO Redhawks face the Montana Grizzlies in a first-round matchup in the FCS Playoffs in Missoula, Montana on Saturday, November 26 at 9 p.m. CT.

Carolyn Sandgren-Kempf is a travel expert with Elite Travel in Cape Girardeau.

She said there are several ways to get there, including flying, driving and by train. However, considering it’s a holiday weekend and the game being days away, it’s about the same cost whichever way you decide to go.

“I think driving is a great option if you enjoy a road trip because it’s such a beautiful, scenic area to go. Of course, it’s not as fast to go there and with gas prices being what they are, staying at a hotel and your restaurants, it might be a wash,” she explained.

If you choose to fly, she said there wouldn’t be a direct flight option, so you would have to connect with another airport to get there. Plus, there are other factors to consider.

“You can go by airfare but this is a holiday weekend so airfares are traditionally very high this weekend,” Sandgren-Kempf said. “Also, the closer you get to travel departure, the higher the rates go. Right now, airfare is running about $900.”

If you choose to drive, she said you will be looking at hotel and food costs as well. However, a vehicle would give you more freedom to visit other places as well along your trip.

“If you want to drive, you can actually rent a car here in Cape,” Sandgren-Kempf said. “That’s only going to run you about $300 for about four days, but that’s a 25-hour drive, a little over 1,700 miles. So, if you have that amount of time, a day or two to get there then you can drive.”

Sandgren-Kempf also said going by train is an option as they have departures from St. Louis and Carbondale.

Of course, you will also need a place to sleep at a hotel around the Missoula area. One particular hotel near the stadium offers a room with one king bed with a mountain view for two adults, a free hot breakfast and free parking for $177 plus tax a night.

Sandgren-Kempf also said while you’re in the area, if you have time, to check out some of the scenic areas there including Glacier National Park and Yellowstone.