How can a 4.5-acre venue hide in plain sight? That’s all part of the magic of Madison’s Breese Stevens Field.

Tucked away in Madison’s up-and-coming Capitol East neighborhood, Breese Stevens, or simply “Breese” (pronounced breeze) as the locals affectionately call it, is a historic venue you might not have heard of before. 

Alongside a Google Campus, hip coffee shops and The Slyvee (one of Madison’s marquee music venues), Breese hosts open-air concerts, festivals, sporting matches and community gatherings that are easily accessible and totally worth checking out while you’re in Madison. 


Quick History of Breese Stevens Field

First things first, Breese, located at  917 E. Mifflin Street, is the OG place to be in Madison. 

Constructed in 1926, the venue is the oldest still-intact masonry grandstand in Wisconsin. It’s named in honor of Breese J. Stevens, who was a Madison mayor and UW-Madison regent. 

The historic structure is a designated Madison Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places.


Go to an Event at Breese Stevens

Festivals

Cheese curds. Crafts. Fireworks. Breese is the place to find fun festivals, like Curd Fest, and Madison’s largest fireworks festival come Fourth of July.

Concerts

With seating for nearly 5,000 people (expands to nearly 10,000 for concerts), there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. From Willy Nelson to My Morning Jacket, Breese brings in big names for an unforgettable night. 

Sports 

Catching a game at Breese is an experience all its own. Check out Madison’s professional Ultimate Frisbee team, the Madison Radicals and cheer on our professional soccer team, Forward Madison FC

Markets & More

Ongoing events and markets, like The Bodega and fireworks for Fourth of July, light up Breese in the summertime. 
 


Accessibility

Breese is an accessible venue, with accommodations for those with disabilities including ramps, accessible seating, parking and restrooms. More info on accessibility here

Getting There

By Car: Ample parking on the side streets behind and near Breese Stevens Field. More on parking here.

By Bike: Bike parking is available along the outside of the field and indoor bike valet service is offered at the Mifflin Street entrance.

By bus/ride share: There are 6 bus stops on East Washington Ave. near Breese. Designated Uber and Lyft pickup/dropoff is at the E. Washington Avenue corner of the field.

Events at Breese Stevens Field

Seltzer & Cider Fest

Seltzer & Cider Fest Returns to Breese Stevens Field...

Forward Madison FC vs. North Carolina FC

Madison's professional soccer team playing its games at...

Forward Madison FC vs. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC

Madison's professional soccer team playing its games at...

Forward Madison FC vs. North Carolina FC

Madison's professional soccer team playing its games at...

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