The Arena Pulse: No.9-Kohl Center (Wisconsin)
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Venue: The Kohl Center
School Name: University of Wisconsin
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin is home to one of the newer venues in college basketball. However, the success that the Badgers have had inside the Kohl Center has been incredible in its short existence.
Since opening in January, 1998, the Badgers have been nearly unstoppable at home and the marks they have posted are fascinating. From its opening, straight through the end of the 2006-2007 season, the Badgers had piled up a record of 125-11 at the Kohl Center. As part of that span, from 2001 to 2007, Wisconsin suffered only five losses at home, a stretch that included a streak of 38 consecutive wins in front of their home fans.
Wisconsin has become pretty good at winning in the Kohl Center and Badger fans could not be more pleased over the years. Bo Ryan is off to a fantastic start in his tenure, guiding the program to eleven straight trips to NCAA Tournament.
Playing off the name of the band, Grateful Dead, the Wisconsin student section holds around 2,100 fans and is simply known as the Grateful Red. Extending from behind the basket to the roof of the Kohl Center, the student section spans three decks of seats giving the Badgers one of the rowdier crowds in the Big Ten.
The packed arena of over 17,000 people is always going crazy come Big Ten play. Visits from their Big Ten rivals can almost guarantee an intimidating crowd of Badger fans trying to give their team the home court feeling that the Kohl Center has become so accustomed to. This season, in-state rival Marquette pays a visit to Madison, as well as the Blue Devils of Duke as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Both games should help provide some non-conference excitement inside the Kohl Center.
The Kohl Center is one of the tougher places to play in the world of college basketball today. And, with plenty of success at home, there is no wonder why the Kohl Center is never an easy place to pick up a road win. The Badgers have done a tremendous job in a short amount of time, racking up an impressive overall winning percentage at home and giving their fans more than enough to go wild about.
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