Bleacher Report recently announced to the world what all of us here in Wisconsin have known for a long time: Madison is the best college football town in the country. Haven’t been a part of the sea of red? We’ve mapped a route to ensure you make the most of your Madison and Badger football bash.
First, fuel up for the day at the Dane County Farmers' Market on Capitol Square, which runs from 6:00am until 2pm. From sights to sounds to smells, it’s the finest farmers market in the state. But hurry! The last outdoor market for the season is November 10th.
Head west on State Street for more local flavor in the form of street musicians, eclectic locals, and specialty shops. But don’t forget what you’re there for: football. So duck into the local spirit stores and grab a Bucky shirt or hoodie to show your Badger pride.
Is it lunchtime already? You better head to State Street Brats, a Madison staple. Brats. Burgers. Beer. Big-screen TVs. So welcoming, it will make you feel like you’re at the game even if you don’t have tickets. If brunch is more your style, stop by Mickies Dairy Bar, a cozy coffee shop that serves up buttermilk pancakes by the plateful. Be sure to come early. Most tables go like hot cakes! Got a sweet tooth? Stop at Babcock Hall Dairy Store on campus for homemade ice cream that screams “America’s Dairyland”. Don’t forget to try the Badger Blast flavor.
As you come to the end of State Street, behold the beauty of Bascom Hill. How are you doing on time? If you can, trek up the hill for one of the best views of Madison and ask ol’ Abe Lincoln nicely for a Badger win.
Then it’s time to zig and zag southwestward. If those directions sound vague to you, worry not! You’re sure to be swallowed by a sea of red fans who will show you the way.
And now it’s finally time to get in the game. Get ready to join in the “Jump Around” tradition. Cheer Bucky on as he does push-ups. And watch what is sure to be a rousing red rumble.
Don't have tickets? No problem. Check out Luckys on Regent Street. They have plenty of large screen TV's and a fun outside gameday atmosphere. Get there early, because it fills up fast!
Want to extend your stay or celebrate late into the night? Find a place to rest your head with our Madison accommodations list. On, Wisconsin!