If you’re in Madison on game day, your best bet is to put on some Badger gear and join the festivities! Madison's sidewalks turn into a sea of red, and residents roll out the red carpet for a game day filled with music, food and spirit. No matter the season, your visit isn't complete without catching a game.
THE KOHL CENTER
If you’re visiting in fall or winter, visit the Kohl Center to watch the UW-Madison men's basketball team in action. The team earned its first #1 seed in program history in 2015, and made it to the NCAA championship game. Several men's and women's sports are held on the premises and the Kohl Center showcases more than 100 sports memorabilia items from Badgers who participated in the Olympics or won NCAA and world championships.
Don’t Miss: Bucky's Locker Room, located inside Gate B. It's a great place to pick up Badger gear and clothing.
Camp Randall is home to the UW football team, and going to a game makes it easy to see why USA Today ranked Madison #1 on its list of "America's Best College Football Towns.” Take a picture with Barry Alvarez and Pat Richter (or at least their bronze statues!) located in the Kellner Plaza, and feast your eyes on the new video board that rivals those of some NFL teams.
Between the third and fourth quarters, it's time to "Jump Around!" This college game day tradition is considered one of the best, when scores of fans (and the players!) literally jump as the loudspeaker plays House of Pain's 1990s hit.
Stay after the game for the famous Fifth Quarter, a music-filled party right on the field that features the UW Marching Band. Then, it's back to Union South to celebrate Sixth Quarter with other avid fans.
Don’t Miss: Tailgating before the game! The Badger Bash at Union South is just steps away from Camp Randall Football Stadium, serves beer and brats and is the spot to hear the full UW Marching Band play. Or, try Badgerville, the official UW-Madison football pre-game event.
AFTER THE GAME
Visit Union South to catch other college games on the big screen, or make the five-minute walk to Dotty Dumpling's Dowry for an award-winning burger and Wisconsin craft beer. Another great option is just across the street from Camp Randall: The Wise. This urban-chic restaurant is located within HotelRED and features modern Wisconsin-inspired dishes and carefully crafted cocktails.
Don’t Miss: Stroll down State Street and stop into Tailgate Clothing, a modern take on a general store, with a coffee shop in the front and cute, trendy UW-Madison clothing in the back.
MORE REASONS TO CHEER
It’s not just a great game day experience in Madison because of the Badgers. You can also experience the excitement at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, which is home to the Madison Capitols hockey team. Finally, visit the Alliant Energy Center of Dane County to take in the Madison Roller Derby team. Both have games in fall and winter, and are family-friendly.
Don’t Miss: Summer sports with the Madison Mallards, a Collegiate Minor League baseball team that plays at the “Duck Pond.” Grab a slice of pizza at Salvatore’s Double Decker Pizza Bus and sit in the “Backyard,” a 5,000-square-foot grass berm in left field.