It's a first: football sold out six weeks in advance
For the first time in school history, all of the 68,830 public and student season tickets have been sold in advance, according to Corbin Hunt, the UW assistant athletic director for Ticket Operations. The Badgers open Sept.4 against Central Florida, still more than six weeks away.
"We are now sold out for the Central Florida game," Hunt said of the last game in which tickets were available. "This makes us sold out for the entire football season. It is possible that we would get some limited number of tickets back from the visiting teams; however, it would be much closer to the game and we may only have them game day if that is when they would be returned."
The previous record was set in 2001, when 62,020 seats were sold. The new stadium renovations included the addition of new suites, the Buckingham Club, the Varsity Club and more seating in the south end zone.
Men's hockey adds four late signees
Men's hockey coach Mike Eaves announced the rest of his 2004 recruiting class today, a class that will bring in a multitude of talent from the U.S. Hockey League.
Davis Drewiske, Josh Engel, Matt Ford and Joe Piskula all signed their National Letters of Intent, joining Joe Pavelski, Kyle Klubertanz and Matt Auffrey, who signed with the Badgers during the early signing period in November.
Drewiske originally comes from Hudson, Wis., but played with the Des Moines Buccaneers during the 2003-04 season. He led Des Moines' defensemen with 23 points on four goals and 19 assists. At Hudson, the 6-2, 190-pound defender helped lead his team to a state championship in 2001.
Defenseman Josh Engel is yet another Badger coming south from the Green Bay Gamblers; current Badgers Adam Burish and A.J. Degenhardt, Klubertanz and former Wisconsin athletes Dan Boeser and John Eichelberger all played with Green Bay prior to their stints at Wisconsin. In Green Bay, the 6-3, 188-pound Engel contributed four goals and 12 assists. He played prep hockey at Rice Lake High School in Rice Lake, Wis.
Ford, drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in this year's NHL Entry Draft, will skate at Wisconsin after a term with the Sioux Falls Stampede. He was the USHL Rookie of the Year in 2004 after sharing a league-high 37 goals and adding 68 total points in 60 games. Ford, a center listed at 6-1 and 202 pounds, played for Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn., before coming to Sioux Falls.
Piskula already knows Drewiske—they were teammates in Des Moines last year. The 6-3, 205-pound defender played for Des Moines for half of the 2002-03 season and all of the 2003-04 season, after being traded by the USHL's Chicago Steel. He played for Antigo High School and for the AAA Team Wisconsin Midgets, where he earned a national championship in 2002.
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