Badger football fans will have no reason to hide their double-funnel, two-story beer bongs before the Penn State game this Saturday.
University of Wisconsin police say they will not be increasing security forces, even though Saturday is the only night game of the season.
“We generally have the same number of officers that will be working night games as we do the earlier games,” UWPD Lieutenant Bill Larson said.
He did, however, recognize some fans’ concerns.
“We do see more alcohol intoxication with a later game, mostly because there is more pre-game activity time — i.e., house parties/tailgating.”
It appears many students enjoy the night games more than the day games for one simple reason: more time for boozing.
“I’m still going to get up at 8 a.m. as usual,” UW Sophomore Joe Bonkowski said. “I’ll just be able to sip for a few hours, before I really start putting down beers.”
However, students might be wise not to consider the lack of increased security as a go-hog-wild-free-for-all.
“We don’t have any plans on finding more officers to work the game, but (we) do have resources that we can pull from,” Walton cautioned.
The City of Madison police will not patrol inside or outside the stadium and have nothing to do with game day security because UWPD remains the only force contracted for Camp Randall activities, a spokesman for the Madison Police Department said.
Last season’s only night game, versus Ohio State, proved night games might be prone to get out of hand.
“A total of 43 citations were issued [at the Ohio State game], including underage alcohol, disorderly conduct, resisting/obstructing, depositing human waste and entering the playing surfaces,” Walton said.
For the most part, most students manage to stay under control.
“The only game I went to last year was Ohio State and it was so wild. It was definitely the best game ever,” Bonkowski said.
Students might want to keep Walton’s suggestions in mind while inside Camp Randall and use caution with the rush of people while entering and exiting the stadium.
“The police are actually pretty chill at the games,” UW sophomore Tom Woboril said. “But obviously, if you are acting like a hooligan, they are going to throw you out or give you a ticket.”
Whether alcoholic beverages are involved or not, the reason Badger fans will attend the game this Saturday is to cheer UW on to victory against the Nittany Lions of PSU.
“This is going to be the biggest game of the season,” Bonkowski said. “I’ve been stoked for it since the first day of school.