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Wisconsin Basketball: One Thing I Cannot Wait for This Season



Wisconsin Badgers Men's Basketball
Dec 14, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers cheerleaders fly the banners across the court before the game with the Green Bay Phoenix at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Green Bay 73-59. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Tomorrow. Wisconsin basketball returns tomorrow. I am just as excited as anyone for the Wisconsin Badgers to return to begin the college basketball season, but there is something I am even more excited about at the Kohl Center.

If you have been following our season preview series here on BadgerNotes, you know that college basketball is back tomorrowIf you have not been following along, get caught up now before Wisconsin’s season opener against the Arkansas State Red Wolves tips off on Monday, November 6th at 7:00 PM Central.

Wisconsin Basketball Fans Can Enjoy a Cold One at the Kohl

Yes, I know, what everyone wants more than anything is to watch the Wisconsin Badgers with an ice-cold beer at Camp Randall Stadium. You might get that soon, but only if you can behave this season at the Kohl Center.

Before this season, you needed to be a high-spender to drink alcohol at Wisconsin basketball or hockey games. Alcoholic beverages were limited to those shelling out the dough for suites at the Kohl Center. They were off-limits for commoners such as myself.

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball arena: The Kohl Center

Photo Credit: Dillon Graff

This season, however, Wisconsin will sell beer, wine, and other beverages, such as hard seltzers, to the rest of us. Although I am skeptical, this change might provide the jolt of rowdiness the often sleepy Kohl Center crowd needs. Standing up at games is good. Cheering at games is good. If you need a bit of liquid courage to be a fan, here it comes.

Wisconsin Badgers Fans: Behave Yourselves, Please

I will be the first to admit this season will not be my first time drinking alcohol at a Wisconsin basketball or hockey game. No, not because I have ever spent a game in the suites. But rather because I, too, was young once.

I do not expect this to happen, but I think there is a non-zero chance this gets shut down before the season is over. Not because it will necessarily be warranted but because the University is clearly sensitive on this topic. Ten other Big Ten schools serve alcohol to general patrons at athletics events, but Wisconsin, despite (or because of) its state’s drinking culture, held out for quite some time.

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball -- Recruiting

Wisconsin will sell alcoholic beverages at basketball and hockey games starting this fall. MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

Personally, I am hoping for some solid non-alcoholic beer options. The Milwaukee Brewers only serve Coors Edge (Coors’ disgusting, overly sweet non-alcoholic beer) at American Family Field, and it makes me sad. Untitled Art, from the heart of Dane County in Waunakee, brews some divine non-alcoholics. Give me a Juicy IPA or an Italian Style Pils while watching a four-minute scoring draught. It will make it at least a little more bearable.

But this is not the place for #sponsored product placement. This is the place to get excited. College basketball is back. Wisconsin basketball is back. It is time for the Wisconsin Badgers to surprise us (in a good or bad way) once again.

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BadgerNotes' resident college basketball sicko, Kedrick Stumbris covers Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball and women's hockey teams unlike anyone else. He received his B.A. with economics and political science majors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and has had his work published on Bleacher Report and Verbal Commits.