Football Season Opener: Be safe. Be smart. Have fun.

The start of fall means the start of University of Wisconsin-Madison football season, with the first game happening tomorrow against Western Kentucky. On behalf of Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) office and the Division of Student Life, along with partners in UW Athletics, it’s our job to encourage you to have fun, but also remind you of your expectations and role as Badgers, responsibly representing yourself and the university.

Tonight is the Badger football season opener. We know it’s exciting, but it’s important to review some helpful tips and information to plan ahead and enjoy a fun and safe game day:

  • —Be prepared: Get to the games early — Due to the recent flooding in the Madison area, as well as ongoing construction projects, traditional traffic patterns may be changed. Also, because of the unique day and time of the game, it is important to remember and prepare for certain parking restrictions that will be in effect. *Also, UW student football fans can skip the walk to Camp Randall and get to the game on the AreaRED Student Shuttle. Enjoy convenient pick-up locations in the Langdon, Mifflin, and College Court neighborhoods starting 90 minutes before kickoff and running until gametime for all Wisconsin home football games. Best of all, it’s free! Get more information from Wisconsin Athletics. Also, be sure to review the fan policies found here.

    Review the map – FREE student shuttle
  • Be a Friend:  Go out with friends. Stay in a group and return home with that group. If a friend can’t walk home or passes out, don’t leave them alone. Call 911 if you are uncertain of their condition. *Remember: The Responsible Action Guidelines exempts students from being ticketed if they call for help. Learn more: https://conduct.students.wisc.edu/responsible-action-guidelines/
  • Be Safe:  Walk in well-lit areas. Check in with each other throughout the night. Designate a meeting time and place in case you get separated. Remember your friends at SAFEwalk, a service that provides walking escorts throughout the campus. Students work in two-person escort teams to respond to requests for walks, watch for suspicious situations around campus, and answer transportation/safety-related questions.
  • Be respectful: It’s a time to celebrate. Represent our university in a positive and responsible manner and in a way that makes everyone proud of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We want you at every game, all game, to be able to cheer on our team!
  • Be Smart. If you accept a beverage from someone, make sure that you know the person, that you’ve observed the drink’s preparation, and that you never leave it unattended. Exercise caution in any public setting with any beverage. Also, drink water and be sure to eat a healthy meal.

As always – have fun, be safe, and take care of each other. It’s what we do at UW-Madison and the Division of Student Life.