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Although Wisconsin is known as America's Dairyland, it could very well double as a mecca for sports. Wisconsin features a variety of exciting sports action, ranging from professional to college. In northern Wisconsin you’ll visit Green Bay, home to the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. The Pack play home games in the fall at legendary Lambeau Field – come visit the hallowed ground today.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin's most populous city, is home to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and the MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers. Clearly, options are vast – be sure to visit the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the slams and steals of Bucks basketball. College fan? Fear not – it’s also the home to the Marquette Golden Eagles men and women's sports.
Baseball fans visiting the Milwaukee area are in for a treat at Miller Park, home to the MIlwaukee Brewers. Watch as the Brew Crew slugs their way back to the playoffs in a race for the pennant. Just west of Milwaukee, the town of Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin - Madison – featuring the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers play home games at Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center as member of the Big 10 Conference.
Go Pack, Go!
With the distinction of having won Super Bowl I, the Green Bay Packers are a legendary franchise. Situated in the northern region of Wisconsin, Green Bay is a fine city, where residents take much pride in their Cheesehead nickname. Residents from nearby cities like Marinette, and Sturgeon Bay hardly miss a chance to visit Lambeau Field, the iconic home of the Packers.
Competing in the NFC North division, the Packers have a rabid fan base, stretching across the entire state of Wisconsin – from the south and cities like Chilton, Sparta, and Portage, to the Milwaukee area and cities like Madison and Kenosha.
Interestingly, the Packers are the only major sports team in the United States that is community-owned, and non-profit. They are the third oldest franchise in the NFL.
When traveling into or near Green Bay during the late summer and fall, be sure to visit Lambeau Field, wear your cheesehead with pride, and enjoy all the hard hits of the NFC North – the Pack defend home field from September to January.
The Brew Crew Battle at Miller Park
First established in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, the now Milwaukee Brewers only played one season in Seattle. They moved to Milwaukee after that one year and have been there ever since. From 1970 through 2000, the Brewers played all home games at Milwaukee County Stadium, but then moved into their new (and current) home, Miller Park.
Baseball fans in the Milwaukee-Madison area rarely miss a chance to cheer on the Brew Crew at Miller Park. Construction on Miller Park was complete in 2000, and, although now more than a decade old, still one of the premier ball parks in Major League Baseball.
Seating nearly 42,000 fans, Miller Park is just west of downtown Milwaukee, and very close to Brookfield. Fans from cities like Germantown to the north, and Madison, west of Milwaukee, all make the trek for Brewers baseball games. The Brewers have a storied history, and with it, a legion of fans that stretch across the state of Wisconsin – from northern, to the southern. Join the in on the fun at Miller Park when traveling through the area during the spring.
Fear the Deer
Founded in 1968, the Milwaukee Bucks have a long, and rich history in the NBA. Two NBA legends, and current Basketball Hall of Fame members, Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, both graced the Milwaukee Bucks jersey in their careers. As the only pro basketball team in town, the Bucks have a major fan base, stretching from as far north as Superior, to as far south as Lancaster.
Milwaukee area travelers are sure to check out the exciting action of Milwaukee Bucks basketball – visit the BMO Harris Bradley Center for all the alley oop dunks, blocked shots, and three pointers. The Bradley Center is set in heart of downtown Milwaukee. Construction on the multi-use facility was completed in 1988, and has been the home of the Bucks ever since.
The Bucks bring a fierce, championship level of play to the court during the NBA season, running from October to April. In recent years, the Bucks have adopted the motto, “Fear the Deer,” competing in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference.
Hockey lovers, we haven't forgotten about you! The Milwaukee Admirals are Wisconsin's featured pro hockey team and are proud, former champions of the AHL. The Admirals share home ice with the Bucks and Marquette, as they also play home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Officially the oldest continuously operating professional soccer team in North America, the Milwaukee Wave have made their mark on the Wisconsin sports scene, winning multiple national championships since their inception. Come kick it and watch the Wave dominate the Major Arena Soccer League at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee.
Set in Appleton, the Timber Rattlers are a minor league baseball team that compete in the Class-A Midwestern League. The Timber Rattlers have played home games in southern Wisconsin at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium since 1995.
Bucky the Badger & Co.
Established in 1848, the University of Wisconsin is the oldest school in the state. Set in the charming city of Madison, UW-Madison is a public university with a sprawling campus of over 900 acres. Athletically, the Wisconsin Badgers field 23 varsity level athletic teams, and compete within the Big Ten conference.
Nationally recognized for their excellence in both football and basketball, the Badgers also have seen success in NCAA Ice Hockey – in particular 2006, when both the men’s and women’s Badger hockey teams won national championships. The Badgers compete well in Rugby, Men’s Cross Country (who won the 2011 National Championship), and Men’s Soccer, winning the 1995 national championship.
College basketball fans traveling thought the Milwaukee-Madison region of Wisconsin will visit the Kohl Center, and join more than 17,000 screaming Badger fans. Visit during the fall and into the winter and spring as the Badgers compete for their right to play for a championship during March Madness.
Football fans looking for all the hard hits and touchdown passes are sure to visit Camp Randall Stadium during the fall. Join the crowd of 80,000 fans – many of whom traveled in from cities like Pewaukee, and Portage – as they cheer on the Badgers. Winter travelers from cities like Kenosha and Dodgeville enjoy the fast paced fun of Badger Hockey. Head to the Kohl Center and watch they compete for another Frozen Four appearance.
Soaring Above the Competition
Established in 1881, Marquette University is a private university, making it one of the oldest and largest private colleges in the Milwaukee-Madison area. Set just west of downtown Milwaukee, Marquette features 11 individual schools like the Marquette University School of Dentistry, and the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication.
The Marquette Golden Eagles compete, athletically, in the Big East Conference, fielding 10 varsity level teams. Marquette basketball has seen its share of success, winning the 1977 National Championship, and reaching the 2003 Final Four behind the hot shooting of Dwyane Wade.
Fans from nearby West Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Dodgeville all head to the Bradley Center for exciting Golden Eagle basketball games. Watch during the winter and into the spring as the Golden Eagles fight their way back to March Madness.
Traveling into the Milwaukee from southern Wisconsin? There’s plenty of soccer to watch at Valley Fields, home of the men’s and women’s Marquette soccer teams. Experience the thrills of penalty kicks, slide tackles, and diving saves.
Visit Milwaukee, Madison, or Appleton and you're sure to find no shortage of thrilling sporting events seemingly around every corner.
The University of Wisconsin-Milaukee Panthers also compete in most major sports for men and women. The Division I Panthers claw their way to the top of the Horizon Conference in, most notably, basketball and baseball, at U.S. Cellular Arena and Henry Aaron field respectively.