Wisconsin to name Camp Randall Stadium as Alvarez
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Wisconsin names the Camp Randall Stadium playground after former Badgers football coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced the decision at a ceremony Friday night honoring Alvarez, who retired as Wisconsin’s athletic director this summer. Blank said the playing field will be known as “Barry Alvarez Field at Camp Randall Stadium”.
He coached Wisconsin from 1990 to 2005 and set a program record for career coaching victories, winning three Rose Bowl titles in a schedule that had dropped from 9 to 36 in the four years prior to his arrival. His career record of 119-74-4 includes a 1-1 record as an interim coach in the bowl games that capped the 2012 and 2014 seasons.
Alvarez was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
“Barry Alvarez has had an immeasurable impact on the UW-Madison campus, beyond state and college sports,” Blank said. “And this type of career deserves recognition at the highest level.
Blank said a fundraising campaign raised more than $ 13 million in conjunction with the project.
The name of the field will take effect next season. School officials plan to put the words “Barry Alvarez Field” in the northwest and southwest corners of the field when the turf at Camp Randall Stadium is replaced before the 2022 season.
“It was a surprise,” Alvarez said. “I am touched. I am honored.”
Alvarez took charge of Wisconsin sports in 2004 while still coaching the Badgers. Wisconsin teams have won 16 national titles in six different sports (women’s lightweight rowing, men’s cross country, men’s hockey, women’s hockey, men’s indoor track, and men’s rowing) during his career as athletic director. Women’s lightweight rowing is a sport that the championships are not sanctioned by the NCAA.