Canceled flights leave Cyclone fans scrambling for alternative travel options

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - KCCI reports many Iowa State fans spent their Thursday trying to find a way to make it to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

American Airlines canceled their 1 p.m. flight out of Des Moines headed to Dallas-Fort Worth because of severe weather in Texas. The cancellation left many Cyclone fans scrambling for a way to get to the bowl game on Friday.

"It's horrible," Iowa State fan Julia Manning said. "This is not fun at all. We could just cry."

She said her family tried to remain optimistic.

Another member of the Cyclone Nation, Doug Brower, said he could relate to the frustration as much as everyone else at the airport.

"I've (only) missed four home football games since 1974," Brower said. "It's kind of a grinder on me today."

After weighing their options, Brower said he and his wife have accepted they'll be missing the bowl game.

Other Cyclone fans decided to take on other options, like driving to Texas.

"We could get a car when we get to Dallas," Iowa State fan Mike Moltjer said. "We could be stuck in Dallas for a night and then maybe not get to the game at all."

It wasn't immediately clear whether fans whose flights were canceled will get a refund. For fans who were trying to find other ways to get to the Lone Star State, they'll have some time as the kickoff isn't until 8 p.m. Friday.