The evolution of Wisconsin athletics

by Ben Leadholm

Before the Wisconsin football team takes the field at Camp Randall Stadium, a video is played to hype fans up. The video features a montage of highlights from past seasons. In the middle of the touchdowns and big hits is a clip from Barry Alvarez’s introductory press conference telling fans to buy their tickets before it’s too late. The student section robotically cheers, many of whom don’t realize the significance of that moment in Wisconsin athletic history and take for granted the current golden era of Wisconsin athletics that they are currently experiencing.

As the years have passed, and teams and venues have changed, one thing has remained constant — the large influence Wisconsin athletics has on a student’s UW experience.

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