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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- U of L Coach Charlie Strong angered some fans last week, saying Big Blue Nation is known to travel to see the Kentucky Wildcats play.  It looks as if Louisville Cardinals fans are living up to that challenge for the upcoming Sugar Bowl.

Some fans say they have even received an automated call from Teddy Bridgewater, which may just help U of L sell its remaining 45,00 tickets.

"Extremely excited, extremely cited. Louisville football's back and I think it's back to stay," said Shaun Larlee, U of L student. When Larlee found out his Cardinals were going to the Sugar Bowl, he started looking for tickets right away.  "We've been researching since the Rutgers game, I've got family up north when we beat Rutgers. We've been trying to make it happen since then. Cause kids, family, holidays, a hundred other things," said Larlee.

That includes the price. Tickets range from around $102-$215.

That does not include travel or stay. WDRB's Rachel Collier wanted to see how ticket sales were going at U of L, and noticed a student buying at the counter. But she was buying basketball tickets. "I do know some people that are trying to go, the Twitter and Facebook, my friends are trying to get together to carpool and stuff like that," said Victoria Russell, U of L student.

The University of Louisville was allotted 17,500 tickets for the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2nd. They have already sold 13,000.

"I've talked to a lot of people that are still trying to figure out how am I going to get there, what days can I go, can I get off work, all the different things that people are making decisions right now," said Kenny Klein, with U of L Athletics.

Many of the package deals are sold out. In a press conference last week, Coach Charlie Strong struck a nerve with some fans.  "Kentucky can travel with the Big Blue Nation, they're going to take over," said Strong. "We should have that same passion here, and go take over when we go travel."

"I think he called the fan base out in a good way and I think he backed it up, he'll be here and he's going to stay with us and it shows Louisville's not the little brother anymore," said Larlee.

The bowl game may help that image. "They're excited to be in the Sugar Bowl against a great opponent in (the University of) Florida. So it's not only a great trip but it's a great game as well. I know our fans will be there and they'll be supportive of us, even those that can't get down there, there's reasons they can't get down there," said Klein.

And fans think there's one more thing that'll fill the stands they way Strong wants to. "The ACC. That's all there is to it. The ACC will get the fans out," said Larlee.

The football team will be signing autographs at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Wednesday night starting at 6:30 to benefit Dare to Care.  Bring a non-perishable food item with you to benefit Dare to Care.

You can also buy tickets to the Sugar Bowl.

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