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Badgers' fans love NCAA Bracket Town for games and prizes

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DALLAS (WKOW) -- The NCAA has turned a 350,000 square-foot exhibit hall at the Dallas Convention Center into a sports fantasy camp of sorts for this Final Four weekend.
Bracket Town has just about everything you can imagine for basketball fans.

"We did all the activities down there and you know, all of everything really.  Its awesome," said Nick Wotruba, a 15 year-old from St. Louis who traveled here with his father Jim Wotruba, a UW alumnus.

"Its about as big as the Super Bowl one was in terms of area and that. Its much bigger than I thought actually and a lot of neat stuff for kids," said Ed Bark, another UW Alum who has lived in Dallas since 1979.

Bark says he is soaking in the Badgers experience here.

"Well, we've had pictures at every conceivable picture station with a Wisconsin jersey on," said Bark, referencing the areas where people can get their pictures taken in front of a green screen and be superimposed in with the team.

But perhaps nobody enjoyed their fan experience at Bracket Town more here than Jay Yakich and Jan Drzewiecki, a 57 year-old, twin brother and sister pair from Milwaukee.

"We have a lot of fun together," said Drzewiecki.  "We're basketball fanatics and we also love Marquette, but we're Bucky fans too."

But they only planned to spend a few days in Dallas, since they didn't have any tickets to the Final Four.

"And we went to the Buick fan thing and I won free tickets and...we're sitting on the floor," explained Yakich.

The twins ended up calling their airline to switch their flights and now they're staying to see Wisconsin play Kentucky on Saturday.

"I haven't told my spouse yet," Yakich confessed with raucous laughter.  "I don't think I will!"

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