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Rush for Rose Bowl reservations

Rush for Rose Bowl reservations


MADISON (WKOW)-- Thousands of fans got back into town Sunday afternoon after a surprise blowout against Nebraska.

And many of them are already plans to attend the Rose Bowl, to watch the Badgers play in that game for a third straight year.

"I think nobody believed in the team and we're for real," says Badger fan John Haas.

Despite being the underdogs in Saturday night's championship game, Wisconsin beat Nebraska 70-31. For travel agents already putting up Rose Bowl packages, it's music to their ears.

"If it had been a very low scoring defensive game, kind of boring, it might be a different story. With the blowout last night, which I really don't think anyone expected, I think that's really amped up demand," Burkhalter Travel President Ed Mani says.

By noon on Sunday, Burkhalter Travel had already made 30 reservations. Within an hour after the game they were already taking reservations on their web site.

"It's pretty even with last year at this point," Mani says.

Fans coming home from Indianapolis were eager to share their enthusiasm.

"Everyone was looking up game tickets, prices everything," Sophomore UW-Madison student Carley Heller said, when asked about her five-hour drive back from Indianapolis.

"My wife and I are talking very seriously about going back to Pasadena this year," says Badger fan George Vukich.

Some are already good to go.

"Absolutely. We put in for tickets before we left," Haas said. "If we can play on January 1 like we played Saturday night. We were right on, everything worked. We were hot."

"I actually already have my tickets," says Carley Heller. "I'm going. I'm gonna be there."

Besides travel agencies, the Badger Alumni Association is once again planning trips to the Rose Bowl. They offer both on the road and in the air packages, both featuring tickets and hotel accommodations.

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