The countdown to kickoff for college + NFL football is on, and we’ve got the 411 on when and where to catch all the action around Madison. 🏈
The University of Wisconsin Badgers will host the Penn State Nittany Lions for a Stripe-Out-themed season opener on Sat., Sept. 4.
While our Green Bay Packers won’t have their first game until Sun., Sept. 12 versus the New Orleans Saints, it’s still perfectly acceptable to dust off your Cheesehead hat and plan out your game days in the 608. 🧀
Fun facts about Wisconsin’s teams
🧀 According to Finance Buzz, Packers fans spend an average of $77.07 on food and drink (excluding alcohol) at Lambeau Field — the seventh lowest amount spent across all NFL team fan bases.
🧀The Packers have the fourth most difficult schedule this season behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Chicago Bears, according to the CBS Sports schedule rankings.
🧀The Packers are 1 of 2 NFL teams that will play 10 games against playoff teams from last season, alongside the Pittsburgh Steelers.
🧀Rivalry, anyone? The Bears-Packers rivalry began in 1921 and is one of the longest lasting rivalries in NFL history. The Packers are leading the overall series with 101 wins to the Bears’ 95 wins. The teams have tied six times since 1921.
🦡Since 1948, the Wisconsin-Minnesota rivalry has been played for a trophy in the form of Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Since the trophy’s inception, Wisconsin has led Minnesota with 38 wins and 24 going to Minnesota. The teams have tied three times since 1948.
🦡In this season’s AP Top 25 Poll, Wisconsin is starting off the season ranked No. 12. They are ranked second highest in the Big 10 conference, behind Ohio State at number four.
🦡The Big Ten, ACC + Big 12 have all announced that there will be no rescheduling for any games this season because of COVID-19. If a team cannot field a full squad, they will be forced to forfeit the match.
Green Bay Packers
🗓️Home game schedule
🏈Mon., Sept. 20 — Packers vs. Detroit Lions
🏈Sun., Oct. 3 — Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
🏈Sun., Oct. 24 — Packers vs. Washington Football Team
🏈Sun., Nov. 14 — Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks
🏈Sun., Nov. 28 — Packers vs. Los Angeles Rams
🏈Sun., Dec. 12 — Packers vs. Chicago Bears
🏈Sat., Dec. 25 — Packers vs. Cleveland Browns
🏈Sun., Jan. 2 — Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
🎟️Tickets: There are four main ticket options — Season Tickets, Single Game tickets, VIP Fan Experience tickets, and Group Seating tickets. Prices start at $118 for select single games. The ticket office is located at 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, WI.
University of Wisconsin Badgers
🗓️Home game schedule + game day themes
🏈Sat., Sept. 4 — Wisconsin vs. Penn State | Stripe-Out
🏈Sat., Sept. 11 — Wisconsin vs. Eastern Michigan | Hall of Fame Day
🏈Sat., Oct. 2 — Wisconsin vs. Michigan | Barry Alvarez Day
🏈Sat., Oct. 16 — Wisconsin vs. Army
🏈Sat., Oct. 30 — Wisconsin vs. Iowa | Homecoming
🏈Sat., Nov. 13 — Wisconsin vs. Northwestern
🏈Sat., Nov. 20 — Wisconsin vs. Nebraska | Senior day
🎟️Tickets: You can buy tickets online, with prices starting at $30 for select single games. The ticket office is located at 1440 Monroe St., Madison, WI.
Where to watch Packers + Badgers games
🍺Echo Tap & Grill | 554 W. Main St.
🍺Jordan’s Big 10 Pub | 1330 Regent St.
🍺Sconnie Bar | 1421 Regent St.
🍺The Red Zone Madison | 1212 Regent St.
🍺Christy’s Landing | 2952 Waubesa Ave.
🍺Dexter’s Pub | 301 North St.
🍺Wilson’s Sport Bar and Grill | 2144 Atwood Ave.
🍺Up North Pub | 150 S. Blair St.
🍺Pooley’s Sports Bar | 5441 High Crossing Blvd.
🍺Badger Tavern | 1612 Seminole Hwy.
🍺The Badger Bar | 137 East Main St., Marshall, WI
🍺Spartan Bowl | 4711 Farwell St., McFarland, WI
Know of a Packers or Badgers bar that’s not mentioned above? We’d love to add it to our list. Email us with your favorite spot to spend game day in Madison.