Creighton fans scramble to get to New York City

Posted at 4:48 PM, Mar 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 19:26:54-05

A winter storm in the northeastern part of the United States is throwing a wrench into the plan of Creighton fans hoping to head east for the Big East Basketball Tournament.

A good portion of Nebraskans traveling to New York City to see Creighton play have had to change plans last minute.  More than 1,900 flights were canceled in New York's three major airports due to inclement weather.

Newark Airport in New Jersey says 50% of their flights had to be canceled Wednesday afternoon, while JFK and LaGuardia Airports in New York had 60% of flights canceled.

Some say they had to reschedule flights multiple times since Tuesday, bu were optimistic they'd still make it to New York City.

"We got up this morning at 3:45am and came to the airport hoping we could get on an early flight, that didn't work so back at home for a little nap, and now headed out," said Mary Jewell of Omaha.

Other Blue Jays fans like Danny Sullivan took multiple flights to get close and then took a train from Philadelphia to New York.

"I guess it's literally been a little bit of planes, trains, and automobiles,” Sullivan explained.  “I just wanted to get to the games so as long as there were options I was willing to look at those and so far so good and I've run into a lot of other Creighton fans in the same boat."

The Creighton Blue Jays play Thursday afternoon.  If they win twice the Big East Championship is scheduled for Saturday night.