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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The Hawkeyes have loyal fans but this year there's no line at the ticket office. Not many fans plan to head to Jacksonville, Florida for the TaxSlayer Bowl.

"Just a busy time of year and with two little children, I'm going to stay home," said Brad Baldwin, who lives in Iowa City.

It's a message you hear from a lot of fans.

The University of Iowa had 8,000 tickets to sell and about half of those are still unsold.

"I've got three children running around on the playground equipment over here and it's financially difficult to get there and expose them to football," said Jeff Vande Berg, who lives in Iowa City.

Vande Berg has relatives who've gone to previous bowl games but they're staying home, too.

"It's probably also financial," said Vande Berg.

The Hawkeyes and the Big Ten Conference have to split the bill for all the unsold tickets.

It isn't a problem the University of Iowa sees every year. Last year the Hawks went down to Tampa for the Outback Bowl and the ticket office sold out. That certainly doesn't look like it's going to happen this year.

"I don't think this is an uncommon occurrence all over the bowl world this year," said Pam Finke, Ticket Manager.

The Hawkeyes have to give any unsold tickets back to the TaxSlayer Bowl organizers. The ticket office says it can't run any kind of ticket deal.

The game is on January 2, 2015. Iowa will face Tennessee.

Tickets are available online from the TaxSlayer Bowl website and from third party ticket brokers like StubHub but those tickets aren't necessarily in the Hawkeye fan section.

If you want to buy tickets from the university, the ticket office re-opens Monday morning.
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