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Members of the University of Wisconsin marching band, led by the drum line, march on downtown street with the Capitol building in the background.

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UW Marching Band

Catch the band pre-game at Union South and post-game for the 5th Quarter.

Badger Game Day Guide

When the UW-Madison Badgers Football team take the field, Camp Randall Stadium bursts with 80,000 Badgers of all ages, and one of football’s best traditions rocks so hard it registers on the Richter Scale.

It's no wonder Sports Illustrated named Madison the best college football town in America. So did Bleacher Report. And the NCAA. And USA Today (twice).

So come to Madison for the game. And the pregame. And the postgame. And all weekend long.

PREGAME

Badger Bash

Join the marching band and spirit squad at Union South for one of Madison’s favorite game day celebrations. Just steps from the famed Camp Randall Memorial Arch — Badger Bash boasts high-energy fun, live music, games, and fresh, hot food. And of course, ice-cold beer.

Game Time

Watching the game at the stadium is exciting. But Madison has many spirited spots to catch the game outside Camp Randall’s walls too. Check out Regent Street or one of campus’ classic bars – they’re local favorites for game day.

GAMETIME

Jump Around 

What's the greatest tradition in college sports? It's a magical few minutes before the fourth quarter where everyone gets on their feet. When you hear "Jump Around" by House of Pain play in Camp Randall you are implored to get jumping. The feeling is electric. You'll never hear the song the same way again.

Student Section

UW-Madison students flood the student section (located in sections J-P; rows 5-17) has its own set of traditions. Look to them to start a Madison-version of the wave, and a flurry of fun chants.

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POST-GAME

Fifth Quarter

Stick around post-game for the Fifth Quarter, a high-energy performance by the marching band, enjoyed by more than 35,000 fans. Sing and dance along to school traditions and favorites like “Varsity,” “Hey Baby,” and “You’ve Said it All.”

Nearby Nibbles

Keep the fun going with delicious dining near the stadium. Scarf down a jumbo-sized slice of pizza from Ian’s Pizza By the Slice. Their unique flavors earned it the title of Wisconsin’s Best Pizza by Food Network. In the mood for a juicy burger? Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry serves up one of Madison’s best — accompanied by local beers, of course. 

ALL WEEKEND LONG

Craft Beverage Scene

Craving a nightcap? Carve out some time to explore our neighborhoods and see what’s on tap. Check out east-side staples like Old Sugar Distillery, isthmus icons like Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, and one of Wisconsin’s premier wineries.   

Keep the Party Going

There's more to do in Madison than one day allows. Browse our accommodations to find the perfect hotel to show your Badger pride all weekend long.