The Big Ten was one of the last conferences to kick off the 2020 season amid COVID-19 concerns. Now, it features one of the early programs to announce a full capacity stadium in 2021.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday evening, the Wisconsin Badgers football program announced that Camp Randall Stadium will be packed out starting in Week 1 of this coming college football season:
“Let’s pack this place. We’re back at full capacity, baby #OnWisconsin.”
You heard the man
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) June 23, 2021
“We are thrilled to be able to welcome fans back to our venues beginning this fall,” Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said in an official statement. “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.”
While some college football programs operated under limited capacity restrictions in 2020, the Badgers did not. The Wisconsin football program played each of their three home games last season in front of zero fans at Camp Randall.
With COVID-19 postponements and cancellations ravaging their 2020 season, the Badgers finished the year with a relatively disappointing 4-3 record. After dropping three of their last four regular-season games, the team finished off the year strong with a Duke’s Mayo Bowl win over Wake Forest.
Likely in front of a sold out stadium, Wisconsin will take on Big Ten rival Penn State in its home opener on Sept. 4.