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Camp Randall Stadium is an outdoor stadium in the north central United States, located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. It has been the home of Wisconsin Badgers football in rudimentary form since 1895, and as a fully functioning stadium since 1917. The oldest and fifth largest stadium in the Big Ten Conference, Camp Randall is the 41st largest stadium in the world, with a seating capacity of 80,321. Camp Randall Stadium is not named after the team or someone associated with the university. Camp Randall was an army base during the American Civil War and the Badgers stadium was built on its location.
Backstory and Context
Camp Randall has been expanded many times throughout its history. By 1951 the seating capacity was at 51,000 and in 1958, the track around the playing field was removed and lowered, bringing fans closer to the action. A three level press box and second deck on the west side was completed by the 1966 season increasing the capacity to 77,745. Since 1966, there have been few changes to the stadium. In the early 1990s, Astroturf was installed replacing the grass field and a new scoreboard was added in 1992. Prior to the start of the 2005 season, Camp Randall Stadium was expanded, adding nearly 1,000 club seats, 72 luxury suites, rebuilding the south end zone and enclosing the southeast and west corners with new seats. The Astroturf playing field was removed and replaced by Fieldturf. Today after these expansions Camp Randall Stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 80,321. “Jump Around” may be popular between the third and fourth quarters, but after the game many fans stay for “The Fifth Quarter.” After the end of each game the marching band performs a number of popular songs including “On Wisconsin,” “Space Badgers,” “Varsity,” and a number of others. This tradition is one that many fans stay for after each game.
The stadium lies on the grounds of Camp Randall, a Union Army training camp during the Civil War. The camp was named after then Governor Alexander Randall, who later became Postmaster General of the United States. The stadium also houses athletic offices of the university. There are several badgers in the NFL such as Russell Wilson, Melvin Gordon, TJ Watt, JJ Watt and Joe Thomas.
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