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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Downtown Iowa City quickly fills up with fans wearing their black and gold, and ready to watch the Big Ten Championship game.

“Anyone from Iowa City should be excited," University of Iowa student David Eid said. "If they're not excited, then why are they here?”

Bar and restaurant owners in the area say they've seen more people and more excitement downtown this season than ever before.

“People's energy's different," said Brad Temple, managing partner at The Summit. "Obviously it's 11-0, now it's 12-0. It's something that's never been done before. So it's exciting, I think people react to that.”

Some fans who made their way downtown earlier in the day plan to stay in the area to watch the big game.

"I plan to either stay around the strip, and try to find somewhere where everyone's watching the game, or go down to the IMU where they're watching the game,” Eid said.

A lot of fans planned to hit pubs in downtown Iowa City to watch the game, but many students said they planned on attending viewing parties around campus.

Some students said they were throwing their own viewing parties.

“We're gonna have some people come over, drink and tailgate the game in our parking lot and stuff,” student Joe Grabarits said.

Both fans and bar owners say being in downtown Iowa City after a Hawkeye win is an incredible experience.

"It becomes a very fun atmosphere to be around, some chants in the streets and stuff,” Grabarits.

"We're excited for tonight, we're excited for everything it has to bring tonight. And we're preparing for a busy night tonight,” Temple said.

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