America’s Best College Football Town

Take a trip to Madison this fall and experience one of America’s great college football atmospheres. USA Today named Madison as America’s Best College Football Town, and rightfully so. A Badger game-day 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 attending a pre-game tailgate party or visiting a local establishment, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

Top Badger Game-Day 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? Make sure and check out these four Badger game-day hotspots.

Join The Badgers For The Arch March

The Arch March is a Badger tradition that started in 2003. Fans are encouraged to cheer on Badger 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.


Football fans are invited to visit Badgerville, the official pre-game event of Wisconsin Athletics. Badgerville features great food and entertainment including music, an appearance by members of the UW Band and activities for kids, including inflatable games. Badgerville is located on the grass field just north of Camp Randall Stadium along Breese Terrace. Free and open to the public, gates open 2 1/2 hours before kickoff.

Badger Bash

The original Badger game-day experience located at the beautiful Union South features great 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 University of Wisconsin Marching Band. Fans stay to watch, sing, dance and enjoy the excitement of this Wisconsin tradition.

Jump Around

On October 10, 1998, a tradition was born. Today, between the 3rd and 4th quarters, more than 80,000 fans Jump Around at Camp Randall Stadium to 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.

Photos courtesy of UW Communications.

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