Badger fans getting ready to make trip to the Rose Bowl

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Badger fans across the state are celebrating the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Big Ten Championship victory over the weekend.

But to see them in action against Oregon in the Rose Bowl, fans will have to travel hundreds of miles away to Pasadena, California.

WEAU 13 News spoke to a local travel agency on Monday about making the big journey.

Joel Higgins, the President of Higgins’ Travel in Eau Claire said soon after the Badgers’ win, they were getting calls from fans ready to hit the road.

“So far this morning we've had six or seven calls or emails from people, some regular customers, some people contacting us out of the blue to see what the prices are,” Higgins said.

Since UW-Madison just went to Pasadena last year, Higgins said many agencies have savvy Rose Bowl deals for fans already in place.

The travel agency president said while some Wisconsin fans may choose to fly solo to the rose bowl, they may save a few bucks with a travel agency.

He said picking a trip package depends on how long you want to stay in California and if you want your game or parade ticket included.

Higgins said travelers will want to know if the deal includes airfare.

“If it doesn’t, they’ll want to know how much the airfare is going to be. Then it's going to be a matter of if they're going to stay two nights or three nights,”

If you’re looking to escape the snow and soak up some California sun, Higgins said it may cost you between $2,200-2,400.

But the travel agent warns scammers are out there ready to take advantage of all that Bucky excitement.

“They should do their research and go through a reputable operator, someone who has references. I suggest using a major credit card instead of using cash or a check,”

Higgins said if you see a price that’s too low it’s probably too good to be true.

Although the Green Bay Packers eyeing another Super Bowl trip this year, the travel agent said these football experiences don’t come along every year.

“So if it’s really important to people, if it's on somebody's bucket list and it's something they want to do, you'll find a way to do it,” Higgins said.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are offering these consumer trips when planning your Rose Bowl trip:

● Buy tickets from established and legitimate people and businesses that you can trust. Buying tickets from classified ads or online sites increase the chances of the ticket being fake.
● Buy tickets from sources endorsed by the team or members of the National Association of Ticket Brokers. Verify your travel agent is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents or another recognized trade organization.
● Before sending money for a ticket, ask the seller to email or fax a copy of the actual tickets. Confirm the date, time, location, and seat location is as promised.
● When making payment, use a credit card instead of cash, check, debit card, or wiring money. Credit cards offer some protection if you do not receive the tickets.
● Do not give your credit card number over the phone unless you have initiated contact, and you know who you are talking to. Do not email your credit card number as it is not completely secure.

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