Last summer, the Duke men's basketball team chartered a private flight to Asia for its competitions in China and Dubai, costing an estimated $1.3 million, according to sports business reporter Darren Rovell on Twitter. When the Duke women's basketball team travels to France and Italy this summer, it won't be going in such style.
The Blue Devils headed by coach Joanne P. McCallie will fly commercial to France before using a bus to travel to other destinations before flying commercial back home, according to sports information director Lindy Brown.
The team is traveling in part to give a homecoming to France-native and rising senior Allison Vernerey. To read Paul Pisani's story on the purpose of the trip, go to The Chronicle's main page.
Over the course of the trip, Duke will play three games while in France before traveling to Italy for two days. None of the games will be televised, according to Brown, who declined to comment on the official cost of the trip.
Last summer, when the men's basketball team went to Asia, all four games were on the ESPN family of networks. Additionally, it sold seats on the private charter for $13,465 to fans wishing to travel with the team on its trip and see the games.
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