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From Iowa City to Miami – Hawkeye fans took over the Sunshine State

 By Kathleen Arens

College bowl games offer the chance for football fans to travel and experience games on a different level.  University of Iowa Alum, Kenneth Eifrid, went to the FedEx Orange Bowl in 2010 as a senior, when the Hawkeyes took on Georgia Tech.

“The atmosphere was a lot more intense than a standard home game in Iowa City,” says Eifrid. “The weight of the game was bigger than a regular Iowa game at Kinnick.”

The Orange Bowl, which is held in Miami, Florida, is the second oldest bowl along with the Sugar Bowl and Sun Bowl.  It has been around since 1935.

The Hawkeyes have been known for their reputation for having a loyal fan base that loves to travel.  At the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, Eifrid claims there were about 75% Iowa fans and 25% Yellow Jacket fans.

“It was great to see how well the Iowa fans travel, seeing as we dominated the stadium,” he says.

Many enjoy going to bowl games because they are often located in warm weather states, such as Florida, California, and Arizona.  It gives Iowa natives a chance to leave to bitter winter and bask in some sunshine.

“It was cool to be in Florida,” says Eifrid.  “It was a lot of fun to go down there with a bunch of friends and experience the Miami Dolphins home stadium.”

If you attend a bowl game, you could potentially become apart of history.  “The Catch” is one of the greatest plays in Iowa football history, which occurred at the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2005 against the defending BCS National Champion LSU Tigers.

“It was one of the greatest moments in Iowa bowl history when Drew Tate threw bomb with no time left on the clock that eventually won the game for Iowa against LSU,” says Eifrid who watched the game on television.

There are number of bowl games to attend.  They offer a chance to escape the cold weather and support your favorite college football teams.  Bowl games are a great way to experience the game you love in a new environment.

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