Accessibility improved at remodeled Camp Randall

This article provides a broad overview of future accessibility features which hopefully will make Badger football games at Camp Randall Stadium less stressful so Badger fans enjoy another successful season.

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Fans should note that renovations are just beginning and will not be completely finished until the 2005 season. This year, there will be some challenges entering and exiting the stadium due to the construction. The Camp Randal Stadium staff will do everything possible to assist in providing a pleasant Badger football experience.


On July 28, 2003, the University of Wisconsin Athletics Department invited many key stakeholders to evaluate the accessibility features of recent renovations at Camp Randall Stadium.


The following are descriptions of some of the major accessibility improvements:


First and foremost, seating is vastly improved. The old southwest and northeast disabled seating sections will be replaced with 268 ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) seats. Most of these seats are located along the east side of the stadium. Others will be located in the south end zone. There will also be seating in the club seats and suites.


Lines of sight will be preserved by elevating these seats two feet higher than the seats below when needed. This standard is very effective in the Kohl Center and should work as well at Camp Randall.


In keeping with this elevating strategy, the bottom five rows of seats in Camp Randall will be eliminated. These sight lines could not leap frog our 6'4" offensive linemen. To offset the elimination of these seats, additional seats in the southeast and southwest corners of Camp Randall will be added to increase capacity. Fans who are visually or hearing impaired fans could purchase these seats.


As is consistent with Badger ticket policy, fans may purchase an adjacent seat for an attendant. Outlets for medical equipment like oxygen machines are available. The new suites are accessible and Assistive Listening Devices are available in the suites.


Camp Randall renovations are "back loading" services to fans, including fans with disabilities. For example, bathrooms, telephones, concession stands and much larger concourses are available behind the seating areas. Four huge, fast elevators will serve the east side seats from the rear and two new elevators will be installed on the west side. The track around the field will no longer be available to fans.


Game day information in Camp Randall will be much more available. Running signs and televisions will be available near bathrooms and concessions. The new, "big" scoreboard with replay will be located in the north end zone. Several other scoreboards will be conveniently located on all sides of Camp Randall.


Finally, parking and access to seating has significantly changed. Fans may want to make an effort prior to game time to become familiar with the best route to their seats. For example, parking lots 18 and 19 no longer exist. Lot 17 (ramp) is only available from Engineering Drive off of Randall Street.


There are two main loading zones for fans with disabilities. The first loading zone is located on the southeast corner of Camp Randall on Monroe Street. The second main loading zone is located on Breese Terrace, just north of Regent Street. Breese Terrace will be closed to other traffic.


Great efforts have gone into applying modern building codes into an aging Camp Randall by highly qualified professionals. Details continue to be addressed. In order to make your experience safe and more enjoyable, plan ahead, listen and ask for assistance. In order to assist fans to their seats during this transition, signage, guest service staff and public service announcements will inform fans.


For additional information check A Camp Randall web cam is currently displaying visual progress on-line. A "Game Day Access Map" is also available on-line.


John A. Finkler, the UW Athletics Department's Guest Services Manager, organized the stadium tour and contributed to this article.


The Athletics Department would like to note that during the Camp Randall renovation project and the Athletic Department transition from Pat Richter to Barry Alvarez, feedback on how to improve facilities has always been and continues to be welcomed.

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