2020 was a long year. It was a hard year. It flat-out sucked for pretty much everyone. The sporting world felt an impact too. Sure, we got somewhat of a season after a brief hiatus, but it really was not the same. Why wasn’t it the same? The fans.
The lack of fans at games was brutal to watch for all of us. Now that teams and stadiums have started to trickle back from 10% to full capacity we’ve grown to appreciate just how awesome a full stadium is and how impactful it can be on a game.
We’ve seen fans back at Fiserv Forum, and Miller Park opens at full capacity this weekend, but seeing Camp Randall Stadium back full was the thing most of were waiting to hear give the green light. Thankfully for us all, it’s happening.
Yes folks, it’s happening. No capacity limits at Wisconsin athletic events is something that we can all be excited about. I don’t know about you, but I may just shed a tear on September 4 when I look around Camp Randall and see 80,000 fans next to me. I truly can’t wait for that moment. I may just shed a tear when I get to go to the Field House and hear that place rocking once again. I may shed a tear when the Kohl Center gets back to being packed on a Friday night for hockey, or a Saturday afternoon basketball game.
“We are thrilled to be able to welcome fans back to our venues beginning this fall,” UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. “The thought of 80,000 fans in Camp Randall Stadium on a Saturday or a packed Field House cheering on the volleyball team on a Friday night gives me chills.”
Really, I have no other words other than it’s awesome that the people of Madison and the state of Wisconsin get to get back to these events. People can say “it’s just sports”, but sports has a big impact on all of our lives. Probably too much, tbh! Either way, the fans deserve it.
“We’ve missed the energy of our fans so much,” UW Deputy AD Chris McIntosh said. “To be able to sit here in late June and look forward to full capacity in the fall is tremendously exciting. I’m ecstatic for our fans, our student-athletes and our staff.”
Cheers to you Wisconsin, see you at Camp Randall soon!