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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
After a year of not attending a bowl game, the Hawkeyes will ring in the new year in sunny Tampa, Fla., at the Outback Bowl.
The Hawks are making their fourth appearance in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.
Travel agents say since the University of Iowa accepted their invitation Sunday, flights and travel packages have been non-stop.
"I would say in the short amount of time this has been available to book, we're probably about 1/4 full on the charter and we haven't even been selling it for 24 hours," says Jane Schuyler with Destination Unlimited.
She says she anticipates the travel packages they're offering to be sold out by the end of this week, so sports fans had better book their planes soon.
John Goss has been a Hawkeye fan for 55 years. He says he bought his tickets early Monday morning.
"Tickets are already ordered," said Goss. "I ordered them this morning -- I actually went there personally."
Goss says he's looking forward to taking a victory while down in Florida, and escaping the cold temperatures here in Iowa.
Hawkeye fans say they finished this year's season strong, so they deserve to go to the bowl again.
"Very excited," said Schuyler. "I just spoke with a woman today, and she's getting it for her family for their Christmas presents. She's excited and anticipating a great trip and a win."
Ron Christenson, owner of Game Day Iowa, says he's had a rush of people coming in wanting Outback Bowl apparel.
"Well we're already in the first day wanting to know when we're going to have it," said Christenson. He said they'll have a big shipment coming in Tuesday morning with all the official Outback Bowl gear.
The Hawks will take on the Louisiana State University Tigers Wednesday, Jan. 1 at noon -- that's noon, Iowa time.
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