Feb. 10, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- After months of anticipation, the biggest series for the No. 2 Badgers is here as they host No. 1 Minnesota. Wisconsin looks to set another NCAA attendance record at the fourth-annual Fill the Bowl game on Saturday as UW (23-3-2, 19-3-2-1) faces No. 1 Minnesota (28-1-1, 22-1-1-0) in the Kohl Center in a 7 p.m. tilt.
"It will be a very entertaining game," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "It will feature two high-powered and explosive teams, and obviously stakes will be large. It will be an entertaining game."
Due to overwhelming popularity, tickets to this event are now extremely limited. Fans who do not have tickets are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. All tickets are $1.
The first 800 UW Madison students with valid student ID will receive free admission at the door. Students are encouraged to arrive to the Kohl Center early as limited space is available in the arena. Doors open at 6 p.m.
All fans attending are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items at the game to benefit Second Harvest Foodbank help fight hunger in southern Wisconsin.
Wisconsin looks to break its previous NCAA attendance record of 12,402 set in 2012 in the third-ever Fill the Bowl game vs. Bemidji State.
| No. 2 Wisconsin hosts No. 1 Minnesota in the fourth-annual Fill the Bowl game on Saturday
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"Playing in front of that many fans is amazing, especially for a women's sport where we don't have too many experiences quite like that," senior assistant captain Madison Packer said. "The atmosphere and energy that starts pumping when you get all those people in the Kohl to cheer us on is pretty incredible!
"I remember walking out into the Kohl Center my freshman year when we played Minnesota and seeing a packed student section, hearing the fans scream louder than ever before. It is always fun to play such a powerhouse opponent, but to beat Minnesota on home ice in front of such an amazing crowd was something I will never forget."
Senior Alex Rigsby, the winningest goaltender in Wisconsin history, also has found memories of the Fill the Bowl games she's played in.
"My freshman year we had our Fill the Bowl game against Minnesota and we had a ton of fans," Rigsby said. "I had never played in front a crowd that big before, so it was exciting to see all of the fans there, especially for warm ups. There was a ton of energy in the building. My sophomore year we broke the NCAA attendance record again in a close game against Bemidji State. I'm really looking forward to playing Minnesota again in the Fill the Bowl game this year and I think it will be a great game and hopefully we break the attendance record again."
Packer and the rest of the Badgers are looking forward to the Border Battle matchup at the Kohl Center.
"This could be the biggest series of the season, and there is no place we would rather play than in front of our home crowd," Packer said. "For the senior class, we look to finish our final regular season off in the same building it all started with a win!"