On Tuesday afternoon, Wisconsin announced that it has canceled its spring football game scheduled for Friday evening at Camp Randall Stadium due to a significant chance of thunderstorms and rain.
Both the spring game and the Badger Sports Kids’ Fair—the latter of which was to be inside the McClain Center 90 minutes before the game from 4:30-6 p.m. CT—will now not take place. Both events will not be rescheduled.
According to Weather.com on Tuesday, the forecast currently calls for a 100 percent chance of thunderstorms on Friday during the day, with a 100 percent chance of rain with the potential for thunder at night. Rainfall totals are predicted to be around an inch.
“The safety of our student-athletes and fans is our utmost priority,” Wisconsin director of athletics Barry Alvarez said in a statement released on Tuesday. “The weather forecast has been pretty consistent in calling for a good chance of rain and thunderstorms on Friday. We thought it was best to make the call early to give the numerous groups involved in the game, including our team, our fans, our media partners and staff, notice of the cancellation as soon as possible.”
Luckily for fans, those who bought tickets ahead of Friday night’s game will receive refunds.
Wisconsin will now utilize the McClain Center, as it has for almost all of its 2018 spring practices except for one, for a practice taking place on Friday afternoon.
“It’s certainly disappointing for our fans who wanted a chance to see our team and for our players who always look forward to playing in Camp Randall,” Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst said in a released statement. “Unfortunately some things are beyond your control.”
Whether rain, snow or blustery conditions, B5Q will be at practice on Friday and give you the latest developments from inside the McClain Center.