1. Wisconsin “Jump Around…From Bar to Bar”
There is not another state in the country with a name more synonymous with beer and traditional tailgating food than Wisconsin (don’t forget about the cheese!). And in the state’s capital, they do it better than anyone else. Camp Randall Stadium is surrounded primarily by student housing, with many houses being only 20-25 steps away. No stadium is closer to the early-morning house parties. And the parties, the many parties, start early and rage right up until game time; often well into the first half. Flip-cup, beer pong, sizzling grills, all of it.
But many enjoy hitting up Regent Street, an immaculate stretch of bars (and businesses that become outdoor bars on game day mornings) that sits right next to the stadium. If you’re all about the game, you can head to see the “Arch March” which takes place about 135 minutes before game time. There you can see the athletes walk through the original Civil War-era arch (Camp Randall literally was a military training ground during the Civil War). If you’re in the mood for some music then head to the “Badger Bash,” which claims to be the biggest tailgate party in Madison. The Wisconsin marching bands plays there about 75 minutes before kickoff. The Stadium’s parking lot even turns into a big party and features a giant TV as well.
After the game, fans enjoy the “5th Quarter” where the marching band plays and the fans celebrate together (win or lose) before heading back out onto the vibrant streets. On, Wisconsin!