Badgers urge fans to show up early for first game at Camp Randall

Wisconsin Badgers entrance Camp Randall Stadium

MADISON, Wis. — It’s been more than a year since the last time fans filed into Camp Randall Stadium for a Badgers football Saturday, and the university wants to make sure everyone plans ahead.

With new procedures at the gates, including a switch to an all-digital ticketing system, fans should expect significant delays if they’re still trying to get into the stadium just before the 11 a.m. kickoff against Penn State.

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The athletic department says the best time to get into the stadium without delays is between 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. — when most people should be able to get through the gates in less than a minute. If you get to the stadium between 10:15 a.m. and 10:35 a.m., you should still be able to get through the gets in 5 to 10 minutes. If you cut it close and don’t get to Camp Randall until 10:35 a.m. or later, you could be waiting in line for 15 to 25 minutes — meaning you could miss pregame festivities and the start of the game.

For those looking for some fun before the game, Badgerville at the Engineering Mall will open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. FOX’s “Big Noon Kickoff” will be broadcasting live from Badgerville starting at 9 a.m.

The Badgers are expected to be on the for warmups at about 10:05 a.m. before heading back to the locker room while the UW Marching Band takes the field at 10:35 a.m.

After the national anthem is played at 10:50 a.m., the now-iconic Badgers introduction video set to “Where the Streets Have No Name” will play at 10:55 as the team makes its way out of the tunnel and back onto the field before the 11 a.m. kickoff.