Spring game will kick off

The Wisconsin football team will hold its annual Cardinal and White spring scrimmage on Sat., April 10, at Lussier Stadium on the grounds at LaFollette High School in Madison. The scrimmage between the first-team Badgers and the rest of the squad kicks off at 1 p.m.

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Originally, the 2004 spring game was cancelled because of construction issues in and around Camp Randall Stadium. Thirty yards of turf (from the south end zone to the 20-yard line) has been pulled up this spring and there is no goal post at that end of the field.

"We got a lot of feedback to play a spring game from our players, their families and our loyal fans," head coach and athletic director-designee Barry Alvarez said. "People love to spend a nice spring day celebrating Badger sports and taking in the spring game. We're very happy that an arrangement with Lussier Stadium could be worked out, and that our team will get to perform in front of a live crowd next month. We anticipate a great game, and are pleased to offer fans a chance to get an up close look at the prospects for next year's team."

Prior to the spring game, the UW Division of Intercollegiate Athletics will host its Badger Kids' Fair (sponsored by Physicians Plus) in the Bill Bartlett Field House located adjacent to Lussier Stadium. The kids' event will include interactive games and displays, an opportunity to meet Badger student-athletes and coaches, and a number of athletic skills stations. Nearly all of the Badger sports will be represented at the Kids' Fair.

Both the spring game and the Badger Kids' Fair are admission free. However, only the first 5,000 fans through the gates for the football game will be admitted because of the facility's capacity.

Lussier Stadium, Bartlett Field House and LaFollette High school are alcohol, drug and smoke-free zones. Tailgating on the grounds is permitted but the prior mentioned items are prohibited.

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