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Madison Residents Concerned About Noise Following Week-Night Badger Football Game

August 31, 2011

Earlier today I posted my thoughts about the week-night football game to be played by the UW-Madison Badgers.  While it gives the football team a national night of’  ‘fame by beating UNLV’ on ESPN and will bring in money for the sports department the real lives of taxpayers in the city will suffer.

Tonight I read from Channel 3 that area citizens are concerned about the loud unruly noise that will linger long after the final score has been made.

Our biggest concern, particularly about this game, was that it’s on a school night,” said John Schlaefer, president of the Regent Neighborhood Association. 

He said that while most neighbors are diehard Badger fans, they’re also big fans of getting a good night’s sleep. 

“The big (concern) is an hour, two hours, three hours after the game, people that are drunk, going through the neighborhood making noise,” Schlaefer said.

  1. Solly permalink
    September 2, 2011 2:00 PM

    the real problem is that your former boss fixed this problem and mandated that school start after labor day. somehow that got undone. then this wouldn’t have been a problem last night. by the way, i think the greater impediment to learning yesterday and today was packing a bunch of kids in unairconditioned schoolrooms, not that I’m advocating air conditioning all the schools for a few days a week. the most obnoxious part of last nights game was the “tribute to Elvis” by the marching band

  2. fuzzybutter permalink
    September 1, 2011 4:22 PM

    Roll with it, people.
    This is not an issue I want to spend my time dwelling on.
    I have just returned to Madison after a 15 year absence and this issue highlights what I never missed–the picayune insistence that everything stays the same all the time and the never being able to move forward. There is no vision in whiny complaints about the potential for some noise on a Thursday night. I live behind trader joes, and I can’t believe the neighbors’ complaints–don’t they realize that the reason their homes are worth so much is because of the proximity to the UW? Suck it up people, you can deal with 12 games and a couple of concerts–don’t bite the hand that feeds you or in this case props up your property values.

  3. September 1, 2011 12:34 PM

    RR Baron,

    Not sure, but I do know there was not 7 hours of tailgating before the concert and that makes for a huge difference in how people act when leaving Camp Randall.

  4. Railroad Baron permalink
    September 1, 2011 12:27 PM

    were their complaints when PINK FLOYD or ROLLING STONES played concerts at camp randall on a weeknight?

  5. September 1, 2011 11:38 AM

    The noise problem on a school night is the issue, not that games are played there on the weekends. The lust for money by the UW football program has posed issues in the past, and this is now just the latest.

  6. Solly permalink
    September 1, 2011 11:19 AM

    I knew when they built Camp Randall last year that it was going to be a problem “for the neighborhood.” Really unfair for all of these residents to buy homes in that area over the years not knowing that there was a college football stadium that was going to open up.

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