America’s Best College Football Town: Top Badgers Gameday Traditions

Take a trip to Madison this fall and experience one of America’s great college football atmospheres. USA Today hails Madison as America’s Best College Football Town, and rightfully so.

A University of Wisconsin Badgers gameday consists of electrifying action, on and off the field. Historic Camp Randall Stadium seats 80,321 passionate fans, making it one of the most raucous, intimidating stadiums in all of college football. Well before kickoff, you’ll find Badger fans on the prowl in downtown Madison preparing for the action.

Whether you're attending a pre-game tailgate party or visiting a local establishment, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

Top Badger Gameday Traditions

Pre-Game Festivities

Stroll down Regent Street before any Badger football game and you’ll find thousands of fans enjoying tailgate parties stocked with their favorite food and beverages. If you’re looking to set up your own tailgate, cruise the residential streets around Camp Randall Stadium. Many homes allow you to park in their yard for a small fee. Not looking to set up your own camp? Check out these four Badger gameday hotspots instead.

The Arch March

This Badger tradition started in 2003. Fans are encouraged to cheer on football players and coaches as the team buses arrive at the Camp Randall Arch at the intersection of Randall and Dayton streets. The Arch March takes place approximately two hours before the start of each home game.


Visit the official pre-game event of Wisconsin Athletics for great food, music and kids' activities, along with appearances by members of the UW Band and current UW athletes. Badgerville is located on the grass field just north of Camp Randall Stadium along Breese Terrace. Gates to the free event open 2 ½ hours before kickoff.

Badger Bash

The original Badger gameday experience located at the beautiful Union South features food, live music, a UW Marching Band performance, Bucky Badger and games for the whole family! The festivities begin 2 ½ hours before kickoff.

The 5th Quarter

Nearly every college band in the country presents a post-game performance to entertain fans exiting the stadium, but nowhere except Camp Randall Stadium can you find 35,000 die-hard fans who will stay for 45 minutes after the game to watch the UW Marching Band. Fans stay to watch, sing, dance and enjoy the excitement of this Wisconsin tradition.

Jump Around

On Oct. 10, 1998, a tradition was born. Today, between the 3rd and 4th quarters at Camp Randall Stadium, more than 80,000 fans get on their feet to follow the directive of House of Pain’s party smash hit "Jump Around." Don’t be alarmed if you’re sitting in the upper deck and begin to feel the concrete floor beneath you shake; this is known to happen from time to time.

Photo courtesy of UW Communications.

Looking for more Badgers fun? Check out our official gameday guide.

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