Wisconsin Mulls Stadium Handrails After Fan Outcry
6 Mar, 2019By: Michael Popke
After years of concerned comments from University of Wisconsin football fans, it appears UW athletic department officials finally will add aisle railings inside 102-year-old Camp Randall Stadium.
“I cannot speak to specific funding strategies or plans, but I know the department is in the process of seeking approval for railings to be installed at Camp Randall,”UW Athletic Board Chairman Peter Miller acknowledged to WKOW-TV, Madison’s ABC affiliate.
As WKOW.com reported last fall, longtime season ticket holders Paul and Mary Robbins have seats to Badger football games in Row 69 of Section C. But Paul Robbins had serious back issues that limited his ability to walk up almost 40 rows. Paul Robbins added that climbing without anything to support him was too difficult, which is why he spent home games last season watching the Badgers on TV in a bar — despite holding a ticket.
Camp Randall Stadium does provide special seating for fans with disabilities, WKOW notes, but that’s not enough, according to Mary Robbins. “Thirty years we’ve been there, we’d like to stay there,” she said.
Wisconsin’s efforts to meet fan safety requests come as another Big Ten team, Purdue University, is planning a major renovation of 95-year-old Ross-Ade Stadium by developing a “fan-centric, data-driven study” to shape the renovation strategy.