For first time, Badgers Spring Game played under Friday night lights; fans react to change

For first time, Badgers Spring Game played under Friday night lights; fans react to change

For the first time, the annual Wisconsin Badgers spring football game was played on a Friday night instead of its traditional Saturday afternoon kickoff.

Reaction to the change among game attendees was mixed.

UW-Madison student Tom Diehl welcomed the move.

“(It) works for us, still don’t have class afterward the next day, so I don’t mind,” Diehl said. “It’s gonna be fun, especially if it’s in the afternoon. It’s a little later compared to like middle of the day, a little easier to attend.”

For others, it doesn’t matter what day the game is on.

“I’m retired now, so doesn’t make any difference to me,” Linda Kidd, who journeyed up from Beloit to catch the Spring Game, said.

Others said they’ll miss the old Saturday kickoff.

“I think it (was) easier on people with small kids who want to come,” Don Ponti of Stoughton said.

Scott Draeger, who came to Camp Randall with his father and young son to catch the Spring Game, said he thinks he prefers the Saturday tradition, but is willing to try something new.

“(On Saturday), you can make a day of it, you don’t have to take off work, that type of thing,” Draeger said. “Getting out under the lights, it’s kind of a novelty, we’ll give it a try, see if it’s better.”

Badgers head football coach Paul Chryst told News 3 sports director Jay Wilson that the team decided to change the day to give fans a chance to watch the Badgers on a Friday night, then go to their kids’ soccer games on Saturday.

Chryst said it also gives the football players a chance to enjoy the entire weekend.

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