Ever since the College Football Playoff Semifinals ended and we realized we were getting Alabama-Clemson IV a lot of noise has been made about how poor of a location Santa Clara is for a National Championship. The game is thousands of miles away from both Alabama and South Carolina, the area is unbelievably expensive and it's not even a particularly great stadium compared to the various other options.
These complaints have shown themselves through plummeting ticket prices and a concern that the game won't be sold out. While those concerns are still valid, the Crimson Tide are still going to already have a pretty strong contingent making the trip.
Tua Tagovailoa is expecting 405 family members at national championship game (at least) https://t.co/y2BMm4YmJq— For The Win (@ForTheWin) January 4, 2019
That's A LOT of family members. Tua's family will take up about 0.6 percent of Levi's Stadium's capacity just by themselves.
While the location of the game is difficult for those who live in Alabama and the surrounding states, it actually worked out for the Tagovailoa family. A good chunk of the family lives in the Bay Area meaning this is the only easily accessible game they'll ever get to see Tua play in.
It's also the only affordable Alabama game for those that live in Hawaii. Santa Clara is only 2,400 miles away from Tua's hometown of Ewa Beach, Hawaii. That's only about a five-hour flight which is child's play for anyone who lives in Hawaii, it's also only about $400 to fly to the Bay Area. The game is actually about the same distance from Hawaii and Tuscaloosa, Santa Clara is 2,280 miles away from Tuscaloosa and 2,569 miles away from Clemson.
Tua's family in Hawaii is closer to the championship game than any Clemson student is.
All of this has created the perfect storm to have as many family members as possible see Tua play in a collegiate game for the first time. There's no telling what the actual stands will look like come game time, but the Tide might have a bit of a home-field advantage thanks to their quarterback.
It might not be a home game for either of these teams, but it is for the Tagovailoa family.
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