We’re already counting down the days until college football returns to our hearts, minds, and media for the 2017 season. So are the Wisconsin Badgers.
UW kicked off its Camp Randall 100 celebration on Wednesday. It includes athletics director Barry Alvarez honoring former All-American, College Football Hall of Famer, and athletics director Pat Richter as the first individual in this series.
One hundred people, compiled by a panel of Wisconsin athletic administrators and several longtime Madison media members, will be unveiled—one per day—leading up to UW’s 2017 college football season opener against Utah State on Sept. 1. Each member played a role in molding the first 100 years of what has become a beloved stadium where over 80,000 fans gather for home games each season.
Wisconsin also debuted CampRandall100.com in conjunction with the celebration. The website launched on Wednesday and is “dedicated to celebrating the first 100 years of Camp Randall Stadium,” per a release from UW. Check out the stories, videos, and timeline of the facility’s history. Among other features on the site will be fan-submitted memories.
Perhaps the coolest part of the celebration: UW announced each home game ticket for the 2017 season will be based on a program cover from a previous game in history, as seen below.
Below is more information from UW.
The Camp Randall 100
WHAT IS IT? A list of 100 people who have shaped the first century of Camp Randall Stadium.
WHAT IS IT NOT? A list of the top 100 football players in Wisconsin history. A countdown or listing in order of importance.
WHO IS ELIGBLE? Anyone who “performed” or competed at Camp Randall Stadium or had a hand in shaping the history of the stadium.
HOW WILL IT BE ANNOUNCED? One person will be revealed every day from May 24 leading up to the Badgers’ football season opener vs. Utah State on Sept. 1.
HOW CAN FANS PARTICIPATE? Fans were able to submit nominations in the weeks leading up to the announcement. They will now be able to share their memories using the hashtag #CampRandall100.
WHO CHOSE THE LIST? A panel consisting of UWBadgers.com Insider Andy Baggot, UW Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations Justin Doherty, UW Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions Kevin Kluender, UW Director of Athletic Communications Brian Lucas, UWBadgers.com Senior Writer Mike Lucas, Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal, Badgers legend Pat Richter and Jay Wilson of WISC-TV. Other UW administrators, including Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez, had input on the list.