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Madison FAQs

We’re so excited to host you in Madison for the NOBULL CrossFit Games. Grab tickets to the Games here, then round out your visit with the info below.

What's Madison like?

Madison is a fun, welcoming city, relatively casual with farm-fresh food and countless ways to be active (200 miles of biking and hiking trails!) — all surrounded by 5 beautiful lakes. Plus, we’re Wisconsin’s State Capitol, that also happens to be home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and its 40,000+ students. From Capitol to campus, lakes to landscapes, and a craft culture that extends beyond foodies to breweries, wineries and distilleries, we hope you enjoy our destination while you're here! See more of Madison by browsing the digital visitors guide.

What's the weather like in Madison?

Temperatures in late July/early August will see highs around 80 degrees and lows around 60 degrees, so it’s best to bring some cool, breathable clothing for the warmer days and a light jacket or sweatshirt for the cooler nights. Rainfall commonly occurs this time of year, so come prepared with a rain jacket or poncho.

What should I be sure to bring?

We recommend sticking these items in your suitcase:

  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Face mask


Are face masks required in Madison?

As of June 2, 2021 face masks are not required in Madison or Dane County.  

However, Madison is a mask-friendly destination, and we do recommend bringing a mask with you. Public Health recommends that unvaccinated people continue to wear masks in indoor spaces, and individual businesses may require one for entry.  

Because masks provide another layer of protection, we ask that everyone respect the choices of others during this time.

You can find answers to more COVID-19-related questions on our Reopening page.

Where should I eat in Madison?

Sampling cheese curds and farm-fresh food are a must. Luckily, you’ll find those on most Madison menus. Browse restaurants by location or cuisine, and make reservations ahead of time.

What should I check out while I'm here?

Where do we start? Cool off on our beautiful lakes, sample fresh, local food at the Saturday morning Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square or shop local on State Street in Downtown Madison — just to name a few ideas. If you have time, check out our Top 8 Madison Must-Dos!

Are there any events happening in Madison during the Games?

Yes! Everything from farmers' markets and concerts to baseball games. Visit our event calendar for a full list. 

Where can I work out in Madison?

We have over 13 local CrossFit boxes ready and waiting for you!

A map showing the different CrossFit gym locations in the Madison area

Looking for courts, a pool and more? Check out Recreation & Wellbeing at the University of Wisconsin's one-week membership for all CrossFit Games athletes and spectators


What's the best way to get to/from the Alliant Energy Center?

Making your way around Madison is easy, and the Alliant Energy Center (where the CrossFit Games are held), is only 2.5 miles from Downtown Madison! (Check out real-time Downtown Madison parking availability here.)

Travel time to Downtown Madison

  • Drive: 7 minutes: It’s a straight shot from the Alliant Energy Center to Downtown Madison, so this short jaunt should be a breeze at any time of the day. Because parking at the Alliant Energy Center is limited, we highly recommend you use a rideshare service, such as Lyft or a Taxi.

  • Bike: 15 minutes: Enjoy a picturesque view of the Madison skyline as you approach downtown via the Capital City Trail that borders Lake Monona. Madison was awarded Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists, so you’ll be among friends! Drop by Budget Bicycle Center, or rent an electric bike from one of the many Madison BCycle stations. Plus, there's a bike valet available at the Alliant Energy Center so no need to worry about finding a place to park your bike while you enjoy the Games! 

  • Bus: 35 minutes: Hop on a Madison Metro bus via one of the stops nearby the Alliant Energy Center, including a stop just a one-minute walk from the entrance.

  • Walk: 45 minutes: Experience Madison up close and personal with a walk along Lake Monona and through some of Madison’s downtown neighborhoods.

  • Handstand Walk: ??? We'll be impressed no matter how long it takes you!


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