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The University of Wisconsin football team, also known as the Badgers, pride themselves on having some of the best tailgate parties that a college team can offer. This may seem strange to travelling fans, as the Camp Randall Stadium is located in downtown Madison with only a few thousand parking spaces around the edges. However, the fans in Madison will use empty parking lots, driveways and fields as locations for their tailgates, as well as taking part in the Badger Huddles ahead of each game.

Private Parties

While it is possible to park on campus, most fans of the University of Wisconsin football team will head away from the stadium on a game day and look for a private tailgate within walking distance.

The unique makeup of Madison has a very high proportion of student accommodation and many students will make the most of their driveways or yards and sell parking spots to out of town visitors. They are always courteous, even more so when you invite them to join your party.

Expect to be charged anywhere between $5 and $20 for a private parking spot and you will pay more the closer to the stadium you get.

Badger Huddles

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If the idea of partying with students ahead of the game does not appeal to you, then the University of Wisconsin football team has its own official tailgate party ahead of each home game. Called a Badger Huddle, it is a ticketed event, within the north parking lot at Camp Randall Stadium.

For the entry price of $50, you get a full buffet including as much brat and cheese as you can eat, as well as drink tickets to sample some of the local beers. You’ll always get a visit from the University of Wisconsin football team mascot Bucky Badger and the UW Spirit Squad usually puts in an appearance to get you in the Badger mood.

Alumni of the University of Wisconsin can also access the Badger Huddles through the alumni hospitality package. This is only available if you have attended classes before, but it is almost worth enrolling for a day for the value for money.

For $500 you get two premium seats to watch the game, two nights accommodation in a four-star hotel that is a short walk from the stadium, two tickets for the pre-game Badger Huddle and some UW Badger merchandise. All proceeds go back to the university’s sports scheme.

Local Bars

Sometimes it can be hard getting hold of a ticket for a Badger Huddle, so parking out of town and getting a shuttle to one of the local sports bars can be a great way to tailgate without the hassle.

One of the best locations is Der Rathskeller on Memorial Union, which has fantastic views out over the lake and a large outdoor seating area. It also stocks a good range of Wisconsin beer and has a friendly approach to visiting fans.

The other big bar for serious Badger fans is the Stadium Bar. It is directly across the road from the stadium and on game days, you may struggle to find a place to stand inside. However, they have a host of big screen TVs showing the pre-game buildup, and you’ll find lots of welcoming Badger fans with whom to discuss the game.

Despite the emphasis on the pre-game food and drink, the University of Wisconsin football team does try to make the games as family friendly as possible. The security around the stadium is well trained to deal with drunk and disorderly fans and they enforce a zero tolerance approach to abusive and offensive language. People with children may purchase tickets to sit in the family block of seats where Bucky Badger and entertainers often visit and this section is distinctly segregated from the rest of the crowd.

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