Guide to game day in Madison
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You've got the tickets in your hand. You're wearing your favorite combination of cardinal and white. You know the words to "Varsity." You have your camera set to go in case you encounter Bucky for a photo op. Sounds like you're set to go to a Badger football, hockey or basketball game, but once you hit the Capitol city, where should you hang out? Score points with these suggestions:
Pregame: Where to Park
Parking on game days can be tricky. You can try your luck at the Lake Street Ramp, located centrally on campus. From there ,the Kohl Center is a short two-block walk and Camp Randall is about a fifteen-minute walk. Lot 83 (the Fluno Center), one block down from the Lake Street Ramp is a fan secret -- you can usually find spaces there and at $4, it's a steal. Single-game parking on football Saturdays is available on a first come, first serve basis. Lot 29 (corner of corner of Park and Regent Streets, $15) and Lot 60 (near UW Hospital, $2, with $4 roundtrip shuttle service is available) are also good bets. For hockey and basketball games try Lot 7 (Grainger Hall, $7), lot 29 (corner of Park and Regent Streets, $15) or the Madison Medical Center (corner of Park and Regent Streets, $10).
First Quarter: Get the Gear
If you wait until you get into town to score your game day apparel, you won't be sorry. Pop into Steve & Barry's University Sportswear on State Street for the best selection of Badgers apparel -- and it's all under twenty bucks. Touchdown! The next block down from Steve & Barry's is The University Book Store where you'll find whimsical Badger gear like temporary tattoos, tank tops and other touches that will finish off your look. Insignia and Name of the Game are among other State Street businesses that tout Bucky, too. Show your Wisconsin pride by picking up a "Sconnie" T-shirt from Underground Printing. Further participate in game-day wackiness by donning the red-and-white striped bib overalls or a "Sconnie" sweatband. Not enough time to hit State Street before the game? Bucky's Locker Room couldn't be a more convenient place to pick up red and white apparel and there are outlets in the Kohl Center and Camp Randall.
Halftime: Where to Eat
Near the Capitol, hit up the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co. and try their uber-popular Crop Circle Wheat or any of the more than ten other brews they serve. You'll find a traditional supper-club atmosphere with a modern twist at The Old Fashioned. Not for the faint of heart, their House Burger is topped with cheddar, garlic sauce, bacon, fried onions and the finishing touch: a soft-cooked egg. On campus near the Kohl Center, check out Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, a fan favorite for great burgers and affordable prices. Madison's "Birthday Bar", The Nitty Gritty, serves up bar food with a fun and casual atmosphere. Bonus: it's right across the street from the Kohl Center. Or stroll down State Street on your way to the stadium or Kohl Center and pop into one of the many restaurants that dot the street. If you're in town early for a morning or early afternoon game, check out Mickie's Dairy Bar across from Camp Randall. This greasy spoon is regularly voted "the best" in Madison by various publications for their sinful breakfast options. The red-and-black checkered floor and pictures of Badger sports teams throughout the years add a game day touch. Slightly west of the stadium you'll find another to-die-for burger joint: The Blue Moon Bar & Grill. Bite into one of these juicy wonders and a McDonald's burger will seem like a distant memory.
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The Blue Moon is awesome. First bar I ever drank in...when it was called "The Trophy." The same family owns Smoky's. And I hate the term 'sconnie.'
thanks for not telling anyone about the bars near the stadium. Us Sconnie's wouldn't want anyone else going to the Big 10 or Stadium Bar.
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