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America's Best College Sports Town

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  1. In 2003 Sports Illustrated started the trend of proclaiming Madison as America's best college sports town. Considering Madison's relatively modes size (roughly 200,000 people) the athletic activity and fanfare is pretty impressive throughout the college academic year. Not only do wild, crazy and drunk fans follow football religiously, but they many of those same people make up the "Grateful Red" student section at the Kohl Center for basketball games. Also not to be forgotten is the hockey team, which is constantly cheered on by huge crowds at the Kohl Center (sieve! sieve!...). Perhaps most importantly, Madison's college sports fans also know how to party. Only in Wisconsin will you find dedicated fans waking up in the wee hours of the morning to get in a few three-story bongs before going to an early football game. Tailgating here is the norm, and it's nearly as important as the game itself. ESPN has recently jumped on the Madison bandwagon, as Scott Van Pelt has also proclaimed Madison the #1 college sports town in America. He frequently references some of his favorite bars--such as State Street Brats and Wando's--as examples of the Madison sports party experience.

    Typical honorable mentions include Austin, Texas, as well as the North Carolina towns of Chapel Hill and Durham, but Madison is clearly #1. Posted by: madmax on Jul 16, 2008 (1) (0)
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