Creative Charters

Since 1993,  Creative Charters, Inc. has provided exceptional value and quality travel arrangements for over 20,000 Minnesota Gopher, Viking and sports  fans in the upper Midwest.

How did Creative Charters start?  

Steve Erban, AIA Architect, and his wife Dorothy wanted to watch their Minnesota Golden Gophers play in the NIT Championship Game at Madison Square Garden in April of 1993.  The air fare for a one day trip without a Saturday night stay was outrageous.  Steve a pilot with over 5000 hours of pilot in command decided to take matters into his own hands.  Steve and Dorothy chartered two 727 aircraft and filled the planes with Gopher Fans, Gopher Cheerleaders, Gopher Band Members and Gopher Players Parents in less than twenty-four hours.   

Steve & Dorothy didn't lose any off the 357 passengers in their day trip effort, the Minnesota Golden Gophers won the championship and the rest is history.

The staff at Creative Charters works with various airlines, ground transportation companies and hotels to arrange creative and unique ways of enjoying a special event.

In March 2004 we completed the University of Minnesota Women's 2004 Basketball Final Four run taking fans to Norfolk, Virginia and New Orleans, Louisiana. Creative Charters provided air, ground, rooms and tickets for over 1100 Gophers fans in a 10 day period. It truly was a memorable basketball experience.

University of Minnesota football fans travel with Creative Charters to all away games during the season, including Bowl games. Creative Charters has provided fan packages to all Gopher Bowl games since 1999, which have included El Paso, Miami, Nashville, Phoenix, Houston and Orlando.

With Creative Charters, Packer fans sailed through Puget Sound from Port Townsend to the Seattle Seahawks game on the first ever Packer fan tailgate on a seagoing vessel. 300 Packer fans also traveled from Milwaukee to Indianapolis by private train on the "Cheesehead Express".

In 1999, The Montana State University basketball team and fans enjoyed a 16 day tour of Australia which included nine basketball games against Australian Club pro teams. All travel and game arrangements were made by Creative Charters staff.

Sports fans can sample a wide variety of events with Creative Charters. 170 fans flew to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta for the day after we had flown to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a day at the rodeo that's the "Daddy of 'em all" Cheyenne Frontier Days. In March 1997, 1800 Minnesota Gopher basketball fans traveled with Creative Charters on the "Road to the Final Four".

To celebrate the millennium, Creative Charters clients traveled to the Fijian Island of Taveuni on the 180th meridian to be some of the first to see the sun rise on 2000. Another Creative Charters group of 200 welcomed the millennium "southwest style" on the Rio Grande dressed in costumes depicting characters from Texas history.

Today, Creative Charters continues to provide innovative and entertaining group travel. By land, sea or air, Creative Charters can take you there.


DOROTHY ERBAN, Creative Charters President

A graduate of Oklahoma City University, Dorothy taught high school English and French and is a former regional sales representative and marketing director for a national title insurance company

STEVE ERBAN, Marketing Director

Holding a masters of architecture from Montana State University, Steve is a registered architect in ten states, a commercial pilot with over 7000 hours and traveled "around the world on less than $1000."

11200 Stillwater Blvd. Suite 103 Lake Elmo, Minnesota 55042
phone 651/748-0080  fax 651/748-1272  toll-free 888/612-0323