Oct. 26, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department in conjunction with Oscar Mayer is pleased to announce Steve Sternitzky of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., as today’s Wisconsin Football Season Ticket Holder of the Game.
Steve’s time as an avid Badger fan dates back to the mid 1960s when his parents would take him to the games as a kid. They quickly became Steve’s favorite way to spend time with his dad. After the passing of his parents, he took over his family’s tickets and has held these seats himself for more than 20 years. He now currently shares his season tickets with his three sisters, and attends games with his wife and longtime college friends.
Steve’s most memorable game at Camp Randall came when he was a student at Madison in 1974, when the Badgers upset No. 4 Nebraska. He remembers the come-from-behind victory and the excitement of the win lasting well into the night.
Being a student fan was exciting, but he wanted to be closer to the action. The appeal of the football program inspired Steve to become a student football manager during the spring of 1976.
During his manager experience under Coach John Jardine, Steve was assigned to primarily help out with the lineman during practice. One benefit of the position was that Steve got to know the players on a more personal level. To this day he still is amazed at how much his player friends could eat. He also was very fascinated with the inner workings of the stadium and all the behind-the-scenes preparation that goes on for a single game, giving him more appreciation for game day.
On September 18, 2010, Steve attended the Arizona State game. During the third quarter, he unexpectedly went into a seizure. The medical staff and EMT personnel rushed him to UW Hospital to find he had a benign brain tumor. It was successfully removed as he received wonderful care and he has made a complete recovery, showing nothing could keep Steve away from his beloved Badger games.
As part of being named the Season Ticket Holder of the Game, Steve will receive a reserved parking space and tailgate spread courtesy of Oscar Mayer. In addition he will be recognized on the field during the game vs. Michigan State.
The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department is pleased to join Oscar Mayer in saluting Steve Sternitzky as this week’s Season Ticket Holder of the Game.