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Badgers game brings potential shoppers to Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday in Madison saw an extra several thousand potential shoppers on the streets, thanks to the Badgers' final home game.

Whether that additional foot traffic benefits local shops, though, is up in the air.

Mary Carbine, executive director for Madison Central Business Improvement District, says every home game brings big business to small shops in the State Street area.

"What is so much a part of the Badger game experience for many people is visiting State Street and the Capitol square," Carbine said. "Badger athletics is terrific for downtown business and downtown shopping."

The outlook is a little different several blocks away, on Monroe Street. Carol 'Orange' Schroeder, the owner of Orange Tree Imports, says she would prefer home games don't fall on the same Saturday as the first big shopping weekend of the holiday season.

Fans face off for Paul Bunyan's axe

Fans face off for Paul Bunyan's axe

The battle for Paul Bunyan?s axe is a longstanding tradition between the Badgers and the Gophers, but fans came prepared to fight Saturday.

Despite the home-field advantage it wasn't just the Badgers fans that came out to support their team, Minnesota brought plenty of reinforcements too.

"We don't come here to watch losing football," Gophers fan Chris Harder said.

You can ask fans from either side of the playing field and they will tell you about the longest-running rivalry in Division 1 football.

"It's going to be a close game, but we are going to win. We will get Paul Bunyan's axe and we will win," Badgers fan Ann Powers said.

The Badgers have dominated the gophers for 10 straight wins, but Minnesota fans came to Camp Randall Saturday hoping to break the winning streak.

"We've taken a few beatings over the years, but hopefully this is the year it all changes," Gophers fan Andrew Lovelett said.

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Numerous construction projects in and around Madison are prompting state transportation officials to ask fans to expect delays getting to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

Work on the Beltline will be on hold for five hours before and after the game, but lane shifts, ramp closures and reduced speeds are still likely to cause delays. Alternate routes are also likely to have extra game day traffic.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends motorists plan for additional time to get to their destination.

State highway projects in the greater Madison area include:

Madison Beltline

·         Lane shifts in both directions between Middleton and I-39/90

·         US 14 ramp to westbound Beltline is open

UWPD warns of traffic delays for Badger game day

UWPD warns of traffic delays for Badger game day

University of Wisconsin police are reminding residents and visitors of possible delays on Badger football game days.

Close to 100,000 people head to downtown Madison to cheer on the Badgers on game day, and officials are reminding residents and visitors to give themselves extra time to get around.

In addition to Badger game day traffic, thousands will be in Madison this weekend for Ironman, which takes place on Sunday.

UWPD officials said some items are not allowed inside Camp Randall Stadium, including bags larger than 8.5 inches by 11 inches, food, beverages, containers, strollers, umbrellas, flags, banners, signs, inflatables, noisemakers, laser pointers and weapons.

Gates will open an hour and a half before kick-off, and spectators should enter the stadium using the gate number printed on their ticket, authorities said.

Mallards program places players with families

Mallards program places players with families

Meet Craig and Sherry Barnsley of Madison, who are one of several families in the area that have a Madison Mallards baseball player staying with them for a few months.

Madison 56ers bring soccer to the Isthmus

The Madison 56ers soccer club plays in the National Premier Soccer League, the highest amateur level of soccer in the country. Numerous future MLS and national team players have spent time in the league and competed for or against Madison.

Madison Parks regional beaches open for Memorial Day weekend

Looking to do some swimming or hanging out on the beach this holiday weekend? Madison Park Regional beaches will be open for those looking to enjoy the lakes over Memorial weekend. Lifeguard services are scheduled for this weekend, but are subject to change due to cool or rainy weather.

Regional beaches open June 13: