Bowl postcard: Orlando traffic no problem for teams

12/28/2013 4:42 PM

12/28/2013 4:44 PM

The South Carolina and Wisconsin football teams have found an ideal way to avoid traffic headaches in Orlando.

The Orlando Police Department’s Motorcycle Unit provides up to nine officers on Harley-Davidsons each time the Gamecocks and Badgers need to get from Point A to Point B for the next Capital One Bowl week event.

“Everywhere they go, they get a full-blown police escort,” Sgt. Rob Bear said. “The officers are waiting on the buses to enter the intersections and we’re stopping traffic. The buses aren’t stopping for anything. It’s almost like a presidential detail.”

Police greeted each team upon its arrival at the airport. They’ll provide escorts to practices, theme park visits, the bowl game and back to the airport when it’s time to go home.

The teams provide the officers with helmet and motorcycle decals. The officers assisting the Gamecocks also have South Carolina state and team flags flying. The one detail lacking – garnet and black helmet stripes – was taken care of Saturday by USC’s equipment staff.

“The Wisconsin unit, theirs are striped up,” Bear said. “We can’t have the SEC not look as good as the Big 10.”

The feedback for their efforts is positive both ways, Bear said.

“It’s a good time for us,” Bear said. “The players have really enjoyed themselves. They come up to us and say, ‘One of the neatest things we’ve done all week is seeing you guys do your escorts.’ ”

- Dwayne McLemore


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