Heritage Hall, the last jewel in the Camp Randall Stadium renovation, was opened Aug. 31 in festivities attended by nearly 250 donors to the project as well as a number of university and athletic department staff. The $2.5 million meeting room was completely paid for by donated funds from Badger student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
Located in the area formerly occupied by the athletic administration on the second floor of the stadium, the beautifully decorated room meets a host of needs for the Department. Heritage Hall will be used to host activities such as recruiting visits, team banquets, alumni receptions and administrative meetings. The area will also be made available to the National W Club on football game days so former student-athletes may come together in fellowship.
Situated adjacent to Kellner Hall on the south end of the Stadium, the 5,000 square-foot area boasts rich finishes and custom carpeting. Finishes were selected to have a traditional feel, and to be a backdrop for the collection of memorabilia in the exhibits. The displays celebrate the history of Wisconsin Athletics and represent all sports.
Cherry stained wood wainscoting and trim was selected for its rich coloration, beautiful graining, and timelessness. The carpet tile was custom designed, incorporating the Motion-W logo. Cherry framed French doors with etched glass incorporating the traditional W-shield allow the lounge (bar area) to be closed from Heritage Hall proper. Red color accents were introduced in carpet, furniture and adjustable lighting. Bathed in natural light, the room looks out over the Hall of Fame and the Brick Walk at the front of the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center.
Primary guest access will be via the existing stadium stairs below Section W, near the south end of Badger Alley, or the new ADA accessible elevator below Section V. The area contains a 3,000-square-foot main room and a 1,050-square-foot wet bar. Easy access to the service kitchen one floor below will meet all food service needs.
Heritage Hall proper may be set up with various furniture layouts, including a game day layout with club seating and round table layouts with seating for 152 people or 300 people if standing. Two motorized screens serve audio/visual needs for a variety of room uses, including game day game projection.
The facility includes:
Fully enclosed multi-purpose meeting area
Year round climate controlled facility
Full kitchen and bar to provide food and beverage service
Mens and womens restroom facilities
Multi-media equipped, including television and audio-visual capability
Display cases filled with Badger memorabilia
Wall of Honor to recognize Heritage Hall donors