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Bucky Badger - special Madison-Columbus direct flight

Fans of the Wisconsin Badgers football team will be able to fly United Airlines direct from Madison to Columbus, Ohio, for the Oct. 26 game at Ohio State.

Wisconsin Badgers football fans will be able to fly direct to Columbus, Ohio, from Madison for the Oct. 26 game against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

United Airlines and Dane County Regional Airport have announced the addition of a one-time non-stop flight that will leave Madison on Oct. 25 and return from Columbus on Oct. 27.

The round trip fare will be $465, and tickets are on sale now.

It’s the first time United has included the Wisconsin Badgers in its special football season flight program, said airport spokesman Brent McHenry.

“It is exciting that our south-central Wisconsin sports fans will have more options for catching their favorite team across the U.S.,” said airport director Kim Jones.

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United said it will have nine special college football flights this fall for games involving teams from the power football conferences, including Ohio State at Nebraska on Sept. 28, Alabama at Texas A&M on Oct. 12 and Notre Dame at Duke on Nov. 9.

“Our playbook this year will make it easier than ever for fans, alumni and students to cheer on their teams in other college towns across the country,” United spokesman Ankit Gupta said.

United also is planning to use bigger planes on routes from Denver to Madison and from Chicago to Madison for football fans coming to Camp Randall Stadium for Badger home football games.

The Badgers have seven games at Camp Randall this season, including games against Central Michigan on Sept. 7, Michigan on Sept. 21, Northwestern on Sept. 28, Kent State on Oct. 5, Michigan State on Oct. 12, Iowa on Nov. 9 and Purdue on Nov. 23.

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