Greetings from Madison!
First I want to share some Minnesota photos with you before I dive into my awesome times in Madison.
We got to Minneapolis Thursday night and had a nice long day on Friday. The team didn’t have practice until 11, so I ventured out to find a hot beverage and take some photos. First stop was the newish football stadium.
Outside the stadium is a tribal courtyard honoring the Sioux Nation. There was a gorgeous fountain, a lot of information on the Native Americans and many trees. However, with the way the sun was hitting it, I couldn’t get too good of a picture 😦
Across the street from TCF Bank Stadium was Williams Arena, aka The Barn.
The interior (below) was just as impressive. The women’s volleyball team actually got to play in Williams Arena in 2008 in front of 11,000+ people. Apparently it was a great atmosphere with the Lions kicking major butt!
Below is the Sports Pavilion, home to volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling. It’s attached to Williams Arena, making for one impressive complex.
After a five set win against Minnesota, we flew straight to Madison. It’s a football weekend in Madison, so our hotel was about three miles from downtown. I checked it out before we got here and found there was a great bike path that went along the lake to the city. It was three miles to the Capitol Building. I needed to get in seven miles of running, so the team trainer, our radio guy and I ran to downtown, checked out the huge farmers market (pictures below) and checked out State St., Madison’s version of College Ave. After a small lunch, we ran back except I kept going about a half mile past the hotel so I could get in four miles to reach my seven.
The team had a 6:30 p.m. practice Saturday night so we started the trek to the UW Field House at 5:30 p.m. It ended up being a relatively painless drive. It was crazy to see all the people in red walking the streets and the game hadn’t yet ended. However, I guess when your team is winning 62-17, it’s pretty clear who is going to win.
The UW Field House is attached to Camp Randall Stadium. With a tip from Coach, a few of us cut through the bathroom onto the football concourse and went out into the stands. The game was over, but we got to take some photos. It seems like they have a really great atmosphere at their games. While the team warmed up this morning, a few of us walked down the ramp to the field. A picture is below. An interesting note, the corner closest to the ramp is actually sloped down. The field has a a definite arch to it.
That’s all for now. I hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying what’s left of it. Have a great start to the new week!
For those of you who bleed Blue and White, please stay true to your school. Please think before you speak and pass judgement. You are a Penn Stater, tried and true, through good and bad. We Are…Penn State!
Quote for the Day: “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson