Sept. 15, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department, in conjunction with Oscar Mayer, is pleased to announce George Austin of Madison, Wisconsin, as today’s Wisconsin Football Season Ticket Holder of the Game.
Today celebrating his 60th birthday, George has attended every Badger home football game for the past 43 years. George’s streak started his freshmen year at the University of Wisconsin on September 26, 1970, when TCU visited Madison for the home opener. George credits careful planning of major events and “a little bit of luck” to help him keep his streak alive for over 40 years.
During his UW student days, George was a business major and played trombone in the UW Marching Band. George was in the second-ever Wisconsin band under the direction of Professor Mike Leckrone, calling the long-time band director “the greatest leader I have ever been around.”
He enjoyed the great band traditions, remembering the nervousness he felt before running out of the tunnel each and every game followed by the crowd’s explosion, and being able to put on a “perfect show.” George is able to relive those memories every year when he participates in the Alumni Band Day at Camp Randall.
A season ticket holder for more than 30 years, George and his wife are now located nine blocks away from the stadium. Living close to the stadium was “a requirement” when looking at a new house almost 30 years ago.
Every game starts with an early morning for preparation of the day. He hosts a pregame party at his house for his college friends and family providing food, beverages, and comprehensive Badger trivia. The UW Band is put on the stereo and Big Ten football is the topic of all conversation. They then head to the stadium to watch the band for their pregame show, enjoy the game and stay all the way until the final note of the legendary 5th Quarter.
As part of being named the Season Ticket Holder of the Game, George will receive a reserved parking space and tailgate spread courtesy of Oscar Mayer. In addition he will be recognized on the field during today’s game vs. Utah State.
The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department is pleased to join Oscar Mayer in saluting George Austin as this week’s Season Ticket Holder of the Game.