3,000 Badger fans pack Camp Randall field for movie night

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 --- 10:30 p.m.

From in the stands to on the field, Badger Football fans got to see Camp Randall from a pretty unique perspective Thursday evening.

"We're season ticket holders," Charlie Glynn said. "This is a little bit different vantage point than our seats up there."

"It's kinda cool to be on the field with all these fans and to look around and imagine how it's going to be packed in a couple weeks from now," said UW-Madison student Angela Boushea.

Around 3,000 people packed onto the place usually reserved for the players. Some current students, others who've waited decades for an opportunity like this.

"Went to undergraduate school here and law school here. I'm a Badger through and through," Glynn said.

And many families showed up, just wanting to enjoy a summer evening together.

"First experience for all of us to be in Camp Randall, super excited," said Harley Shade, who came with his daughter and parents.

It seems no one had trouble getting comfortable. Folks were able to lay out blankets on the turf for the first ever movie night at the stadium. The feature film? Of course a football classic, Remember the Titans.

But perhaps the biggest attraction of the night is the place where everyone will be watching the movie. Up on the brand new big screen. It's part of a multi-million dollar face lift Camp Randall received for the new school year.

"The screen looks fantastic," Glynn said.

"This is so nice," UW-Madison student Alayna Muldoon said. "It's like you're at a drive-in movie."

"I want it for my laptop, so I can play games on it," Shade said.

Many fans say it's a fitting kick-off to the season for the number one rated Best College Sports Town in America.

"I can just imagine what it would be like to play football here," Shade said.

"It's really cool to see the families and Bucky here," Muldoon said. "Everyone is getting a chance to interact on a place that we all love so much."

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