The weekend starts early for Badger fans as the Wisconsin men’s basketball team
will hold its annual Basketball Family Fun Night on Tuesday, starting at 6:30
p.m. This will be the fans’ first chance to see the 2006-07 UW men’s basketball
team in action as the Badgers take to the court for their annual Red-White
scrimmage. Badger players and coaches will also be available for autographs
following the scrimmage session. Admission is free.
The fifth annual Kids Day at the Kohl on Friday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the
Kohl Center. This event was started to provide a fun activity for kids during
their state teachers convention holiday. All three levels of the Kohl Center
will be filled with interactive sport activities including a football toss,
basketball shooting zone, rowing exhibit, soccer attraction, hockey shooting
area, softball batting cage, a golf hole, and more. Many of these exhibits will
be staffed by UW student-athletes and coaches throughout the event. Badger
locker rooms will be available for viewing along with the newly-renovated weight
room. Kids will have the opportunity to visit the media room and take part in a
mock press conference. Bucky Badger will be on hand for photographs throughout
the event. Uniforms and equipment will be available for attendees to try on.
Plus, there will be a Wisconsin Athletics trophy exhibit. Admission is free.
Following that event, stick around for Kids Take over the Kohl during our
women’s hockey game against North Dakota at 2 p.m. During the game, kids take
over a variety of duties, including public address announcer, puck kid,
videoboard operator, stick kid, Game Day DJ and more. Again, admission is free.
If you’re looking for ways to save a few dollars while catching some
nationally ranked teams in action, keep in mind the following ways to get in
free to selected events this weekend:
- All fans who wear Halloween costumes gain free admission to Friday’s
volleyball match against Penn State.
- All fans who wear Halloween costumes OR bring their football ticket stub
from the Illinois game will gain free admission to Sunday’s volleyball match
against Ohio State.
- All fans who bring either a football ticket stub from Saturday’s football
game against Illinois OR a men’s hockey ticket stub from either of the two
Boston College games receive free admission to the women’s hockey game on
New items of note
Wisconsin starts this week with seven teams that are ranked in national
polls: Women’s hockey, men’s cross country, men’s hockey, women’s cross country,
volleyball, women’s swimming and football.
The Kohl Center will be the site of a rematch of last spring’s national
championship game as No. 1-ranked Boston College meets the defending NCAA
champion and No. 2 ranked Badgers. Friday and Saturday games both start at 7
There’s also some nationally-ranked volleyball action in town this weekend.
Friday, the 11th-ranked Badgers host No. 2 ranked Penn State at the Field House
at 7 p.m. And Sunday at 1 p.m., the Badgers take on 24th ranked Ohio State.
Our men’s soccer team has a chance to win the Big Ten regular season title
when it takes on Indiana on Friday in Bloomington. If we beat Indiana Friday,
the Badgers are the regular season champions.
Our defending NCAA champion men’s cross country team competes Sunday - also
in Bloomington - for its eighth straight Big Ten championship.
Tribute to Crazylegs
Our football team returns home to Camp Randall Stadium Saturday against
Illinois. Among the highlights of the day will be a moment of tribute to Elroy
"Crazylegs" Hirsch. The Wausau native wore #40 and rushed for 786 yards during
the 1942 season for the Badgers. He starred nine years for the Los Angeles Rams
and later served as the UW’s Director of Athletics from 1969-87. Hirsch’s number
was retired shortly after his retirement. The ceremony on Saturday will take
place at the start of halftime. Following a brief video on the scoreboard, his
name and number will be unveiled on the west facade of Camp Randall Stadium's
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