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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

When the Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Stanford Cardinals in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, there figures to be tens of thousands of Iowa fans there, cheering on their Hawkeyes.

But of course, getting there is a little trickier than it was when fans simply had to drive to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship.

Angie Harter, a travel consultant with Travel Headquarters in Dubuque, helped put together a travel package to see the Hawks in action.  It's been very popular.

"Well as soon as the package was announced that Sunday, the phone was ringing off the hook," she said. "We had about 100 emails to send out to prospective clients, and it was nonstop all night till we could get everything taken care of."

Those packages run anywhere from $3,100-$4,200.  She sold 50 of them, and said she could've sold more if their charter air routes didn't sell out.  It's a hefty price to pay, but Harter says Iowa fans haven't been worried about that.

"We've had some pretty remarkable fans, that really cost wasn't the issue. Yes, they were more than willing, so the packages sold out because of that."

Chad Lueken and his wife Dawn are two of those 50 that are headed to Pasadena.  Chad was in Indianapolis among the throngs of people that took over that town. He's hoping for similar results out west.

"It was just amazing there. It was black and gold, whoever lined it up. It was just great," he said.

And for John Richey, another Dubuque native that's Rose Bowl bound, it's a great chance to cheer on a team that's been so special this year.

"I think the most exciting thing for me is that I've been a Hawkeye fan since I was 12 years old...that's when I got see my first game. I've been a fan ever since. This is the first opportunity for me that I can justify, or financially make it to that type of bowl game, so that's really exciting for me," Richey said.

KWWL will also be heading west with a full team to bring you plenty of Rose Bowl coverage in the week leading up to the big game.  Live reports start Saturday, Dec. 26.

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