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Fans Pack Bars and Restaurants for Super Bowl Parties

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There wasn't an empty seat in the house at Boylan Heights on the University of Virginia Corner Sunday night for the Super Bowl.

But football fans weren't the only ones who came out to watch the game.

Many UVA students were there rooting on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who is set to speak at their graduation this spring.

“This is our year, 60 years in the making man,” said Greg Turner who was watching the game at Boylan Heights. “And plus, think about it. If you're a fourth year like I am, you've got to support Peyton Manning, you want him to win to justify him coming to graduation.”

Some exchange students from Australia decided to get a taste of Super Bowl craziness for the first time.

“We all thought we would just immerse ourselves in the American culture and come into a bar and watch football which we don't understand,” said Bridget O’Sullivan.

Two roommates who were rooting for opposite teams had a bet that gives them more reason to urge their team to victory.

“[Richard Sherman] went off on this reporter about [Michael] Crabtree and I have to do it in the middle of the law library if I lose, and if she loses she has to yell ‘Omaha’ in the middle of the law library, so it's on,” said Stephanie Malaska and Kara O’Connell.

Martha Peasley has a personal connection to the game. She went to high school with Russell Wilson, Seattle's quarterback.

“We have a late arrival tomorrow, at our high school for, in honor of the Super Bowl and we have special t-shirts that say ‘War for Russell’ on them, just a lot of fun.”

Restaurants also offered special deals and served up new dishes to try to grab fans’ attention.

McGrady’s Irish Pub offered a wing special for the day. The manager said they had several pre-orders for the game amounting to more than 600 wings.

Citizen Burger Bar on the downtown mall had several new menu items, including fried pickles and a fry bowl for the game as well as drink specials.

But it's the magic of the Super Bowl that brings all these fans together around the T.V.

As all those partiers head home after Sunday night’s game, police remind everyone to not drink and drive.

Harrisonburg Police say they had added patrols Sunday night. Albemarle County and Charlottesville police say officers were on heightened alert for drunk drivers.

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