The University of Wisconsin names its football field at Camp Randall Stadium in honor of former football coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez.
A UW source confirmed the news first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The pitch name announcement was made during an event at Camp Randall on Friday and the name change will officially take place in 2022.
Alvarez will be honored in a ceremony Saturday during the UW game against the No.14 Michigan.
“I am proud to announce that in conjunction with a major fundraising campaign that has raised over $ 13 million from some of our university’s best friends, starting in the 2022 season, this football field where we currently find ourselves will be known as “Barry Alvarez Field” at Camp Randall Stadium, ”UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank said on Friday.
The words “Barry Alvarez Field” will be placed in the northwest and southeast corners of the field when the stadium turf is replaced by UW before next season.
Alvarez, a native of Pennsylvania and former Nebraska football player, took over as UW coach in 1990 and led the program for 16 seasons. He went 119-74-4 as coach of the Badgers, won three Big Ten Conference championships and three Rose Bowls. Alvarez went 9-4 in bowl games overall.
UW won 73 conference championships – regular season and tournaments combined – during Alvarez’s tenure as AD, which spanned from 2004 to 2021. Sixteen teams won national championships, with women’s hockey (six ) and women’s lightweight rowing (five) in the lead, while the men’s soccer and basketball programs have produced an NCAA record for 15 consecutive years playing in a bowling game and reaching the tournament. the NCAA.