University of Wisconsin football fans can begin to purchase tickets to the Orange Bowl in Florida starting Monday as the Badgers will take on the University of Miami.
Fans will get to see the Badgers face off against the Hurricanes, who will be playing at their home stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, during the Dec. 30 game. While this will be Wisconsin’s first-ever Orange Bowl appearance, the Badgers were seeking a playoff berth.
But the 27-21 loss to Ohio State in the 2017 Big Ten Championship on Saturday dashed the playoff hopes of the previously undefeated Badgers. The loss to the Buckeyes dropped the Badgers, previously sitting at fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings, by two spots and out of playoff contention.
On Sunday afternoon outside Memorial Union, UW-Madison sophomore Arjun Sachar was returning from Indianapolis, where the championship was held, with four friends.
While they had a fun time on the trip, Sachar said the $130 tickets they bought off Ticketmaster put them right above the Ohio State student section and in earshot of a consistent O-H-I-O chant.
The Badgers’ loss left Sachar “fairly disappointed,” he said, and soured his ambition to go to the final game of the season.
“It’s either playoffs or bust,” he said.
Sachar remains confident, though, of Wisconsin’s ability to beat the Hurricanes.
Sophomore Elizabeth Mitchell is mulling the trip as it presents an opportunity to visit her brother, who attends the University of Miami. While she’s been to the campus before, the game would be her first visit as a rival.
Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, university students can buy tickets. The purchase window runs until 10 p.m. Monday or until the approximately 1,000 seats in the student section sell out. Students are limited to two tickets, which run $50 apiece. Tickets can be secured through UWBadgers.com.
Season-ticket holders and Wisconsin Athletics donors have until noon Monday to request tickets to the Florida game. If any remain, the general public can purchase tickets starting at noon on Tuesday by going to UWBadgers.com, by calling 1-800-GO-BADGERS, or in person at the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office, 1440 Monroe St.
Prices are $230 or $170 depending on location. The university has been allotted approximately 14,000 tickets in total.
The Wisconsin Alumni Association is also offering package trips to Florida that include hotel, airfare, access to the Badger Huddle pregame event and other perks. Packages with airfare start at $2025 per person and $1055 without airfare. They can be purchased by going to uwalumni.com/bowl.