Thousands of Illini fans rush for Rose Bowl tickets

For Illini, the rush for Rose Bowl tickets is on.

The University of Illinois says it’s already received 12,000 requests for tickets to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where the Illini will play Southern California on New Year’s Day.

The surge comes a day after officials picked the Illini to play in their first Rose Bowl since 1984. It’ll be their first bowl for the U of I since 2002.

Illinois will have about 26,000 tickets to sell.

School donors and season-ticket holders will get first crack at them. They have until Friday to put in their requests. Student season-ticket holders have until Wednesday evening.

Any tickets still left go on sale to the public next week.

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