Rough Search For Gator Bowl Party


After a crazy night New Year's Eve, some fans may have had some difficulty finding a football party on New Year's Day.

Even with snow and slick roads, fans still got out to support their favorite team.

Along 10th Street in the Old Market, it was hard to find the party watching the Husker game.

However, as we found out, it was just a matter of looking for the right location.

At Barry O's, there were just a few watching.

Dick Layson says he wouldn't have missed it. "Huskers. Huskers, baby. It's all Huskers," he said.

A couple of doors over at The Stadium Club, it was the same situation; just a few dedicated fans.

"I've been a Husker fan my whole life. That's why. GBR all the way!" says JD Whitmarsh, another Husker Fan.

Bar owners we spoke with didn't know why business was slow, even with Nebraska and Iowa playing afternoon bowl games.

Maybe the rough Huskers season wore out fans, maybe it was the snow, or maybe people were a little "partied out" from the new year celebrations.

Then at DJ's Dugout, we found our crowd. At DJ's, fans said they were looking for a place where they could watch the other Big 10 bowl games going on at the same time.

Husker fans took over one side, and Hawkeye fans on the other.

Pete Seibert's group met right in the middle. "We have a bit of a house divided. That's my sister, she's a Hawk fan. Her husband is a Husker fan; we like him anyway. We can't sit at one house and watch it. We only have one TV, so we had to come down here," he said.

They were lucky to get a seat. Management at DJ's Dugout told us they actually had turn turn fans away because of the crowd.

These sports bars are hoping to keep crowds going with other bowl games coming up in the week.


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