Wisconsin Badgers Football
Big Ten Conference
The Wisconsin Badgers football team was founded in 1848 and is based out of the University of Wisconsin located in Madison, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Badgers are part of the Big 10 Conference in NCAA Division-I college football.
One of the most exciting Wisconsin Badger football seasons was in 1994 when they made it to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 32 years. More than 70,000 Badger fans traveled the distance to see their team win 21-10 over UCLA. The badger fans decked out in their red and white Badger jerseys and shirts far out weighed the UCLA fans giving a home field sense to the infamous Rose Bowl game.
The Badger football team plays its home games at Camp Randall Stadium. Built on the grounds of Camp Randall, a former Union Army Base, the Wisconsin Badger stadium originally consisted of a horseshoe opening the south, however, the stadium was renovated to raise the horseshoe shape which doubled the number of rows around the stadium. In 2002 a major reconstruction of the Camp Randall field took place and added luxury boxes, football program offices, and more expanded Camp Randall seating options. The Wisconsin Badger football stadium can hold 80,321 people, that's more than Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome Minneapolis. Camp Randall Stadium is the oldest and fourth largest stadium in the Big Ten Conference.
On October 30th, 1993 Camp Randall Stadium had an unfortunate incident during a Michigan State Wolverines game. A number of students began to charge the field in what was to become the "The Camp Randall Crush." Fans were charging the Camp Randall field, but were blocked by the guardrails. The crowd in the back of the charge was not aware and kept rushing toward the field, resulting with the fans in the front being pressed against the rails and eventually getting trampled as the guardrails fell. 73 students were injured in the Camp Randall Crush incident; however, there were no deaths.
The Wisconsin Badger Rose Bowl appearance list is prestigious including Rose Bowl appearances in 1952, 1959, 1962, 1994, 1999, 2000. The Wisconsin Badger football team also appeared in the Outback Bowl in 1998, 2005, 2008, the Capital One Bowl in 2006 and 2007, and the Sun Bowl in 2000.
The Badger football program boasts two Heisman Trophy winners. Fullback Alan Ameche won the Heisman in 1954, and, more recently, running back Ron Dayne won the trophy in 1999. Dayne now plays for the NFL's Houston Texans.
The dedicated Badger fan base makes Wisconsin Badger tickets difficult to come by despite their vast Camp Randall Stadium. Since Barry Alvarez became the coach Wisconsin Badger tickets have become a hot commodity. Badger Football tickets are sold out for virtually every game, but are available through football ticket brokers. Check out tickets for Wisconsin Badger games and don't miss out on the excitement!