Wisconsin Badgers football games at Camp Randall are truly one of the most incredible experiences in college football. The liveliness of the student section combined with the Jump Around tradition create memories for fans and analysts who visit.
Unfortunately, not everyone wants to be in on the fun. Older fans that attend games have often complained that the music and fans are too loud for their taste. To them, football is more entertaining when being watched in a stone-cold silence that very likely matches their personalities.
One such fan has caused a stir on social media today, as the Badgers are set to face their first Big Ten opponent of 2023, the Purdue Boilermakers.
A Wisconsin Badgers Fan from California Complained about “Modern Music” at Camp Randall Stadium
In an editorial published by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one fan wrote:
“Does “modern music” get interspersed in between the band’s songs? No. So why is there a need for “modern music” at the stadium?
“A person can hear “modern music” in ordinary places such as shopping malls, corner drugstores, elevators, all of which are worldly, often boring experiences.
“But a University of Wisconsin-Madison game is and should be a special experience — one that is different than the ordinary world. It’s not ordinary, it’s not an everyday experience, it’s not close to boredom. It’s amazing, incredible, almost unique. My point: Tradition in this case should be upheld 100%.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel marketed the article on social media like this:
There is no need for ‘modern music’ blaring at Badgers games https://t.co/aKJwKjB9Nn
— Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) September 22, 2023
As one might expect, Badgers fans were not happy with this particular fan’s message.
Wisconsin Badgers Fans React to California-Based Fan Who Criticized Music Selection at Camp Randall
The fan, who signed his editorial as Daniel Edelstein from Novato, California, has not gotten the support on social media that he perhaps may have thought he would. Of course, given the nature of his editorial, it is likely he is not even on social media to see the responses:
I just know whoever wrote this is covered in sun spots https://t.co/embmEHI2Ux
— sam. (@sammwichh) September 22, 2023
I’m not a fan of most “modern music”.
But I know how stupid this take is. https://t.co/VHP8rOc8VA
— Uncle Jrue (@IAmMitchLang) September 22, 2023
Is he using scare quotes around modern music bc he wants to say rap/hip hop? https://t.co/WVPKf3Matq
— crepe caitlin 🧛🏻♀️ (@tastiestofnoms) September 22, 2023
— Scoobie227 (@Scoobie_227) September 22, 2023
How much “modern music” is even played at Badger games? The stadium playlists for Camp Randall and Lambeau Field have barely been updated since like 1994. This take makes no sense https://t.co/b8zqALGkYi
— Andrew (@Pops_Mgee) September 22, 2023
— TamiraMadsen (@tamiramadsen) September 22, 2023
One has to wonder what possessed a man from California, of all places, to write a letter to the editor complaining about music at a stadium he is not even visiting.
This Attitude Is Not Limited to Wisconsin Badgers Fans
Of course, the reason every fan attends a sporting event is to enjoy watching the game. However, there have been several reported instances of mostly older Green Bay Packers fans complaining that other fans are cheering too loudly, standing up to much to cheer, and overall making too much noise for their liking.
There is definitely a generational divide among the fan bases, and the challenge the teams face is how to placate them all.
One thing is for sure, though: the opinion of California resident is not going to carry much weight at a stadium located in Wisconsin.