The Kohl Center opened in 1998, is indeed multi-functional. It is the home to the Wisconsin Badger's men's basketball team, men's hockey team, and women's basketball team.
The Kohl Center also hosts numerous concerts. On top of that, the building also hosts the WIAA girls and boys state basketball tournaments as well as the individual wrestling state tournament.
Current U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of over 17,000 at the Kohl Center prior to the democratic primary in 2008.
The Kohl Center also hosts the Varsity Band Spring Concert in which the average attendance is 25,500 per year.
Kohl Center Seating
- The student center is located to the left of Gate C, near Regent Street.
- The student section takes up three upper level sections: 314 315 and 316.
- There are also three midlevel sections: 214,215, and 216.
- There are five lower level sections: 113, 114, 115, 116, and 117.
Wisconsin Badgers students are known as some of the loudest in college sports, which attributes to the Badgers great success at home across the various sports they play. The media takes up section 208. The family seating is on the other side of the building, near Dayton Street. Family seating at the Kohl Center takes up seven sections in total- 301, 302, 303, 304, 326, 327, and 328.
Kohl Center Events And Teams
What the Kohl Center is most known for is for being the home of Wisconsin Men's basketball. Since the Badgers moved into the Kohl Center, they have a 153-16 at home. The highlight of their home success was a 38-game home winning streak that ended in 2005. It took the number one ranked team in the nation, the Illinois Fighting Illini, coming into the Kohl Center to find a team good enough to take the Badgers down at home. Wouldn't you like to go see a team like this that almost always wins at home?
One of the Badgers premier basketball rivals lays within their own state, the Marquette Golden Eagles. This season, there is a game against Marquette at the Kohl Center on December 7th. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. This should be a great game, despite the fact that Marquette is not exactly off to the start they wanted this season. The Badgers are though, and that does not bold well for Marquette.
The Marquette game won't be your only chance to see the Badgers in action at home in the near future. The game against the Golden Eagles is the first of four at home for the Badgers.
The next game will take place against fellow in-state rival, U.W. Milwaukee on December 11th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. After this game, the Badgers will host Eastern Kentucky on December 14th, and Prairie View A&M on December 28th.
The team, by far, that Wisconsin sees as their most formidable opponent is Big Ten Conference rival Michigan State. If it weren't for Michigan State, the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team would have a whole lot more Big Ten Conference championships hanging from the Kohl Center rafters. Wisconsin plays the Spartans just once during the regular season. That game will be at the Kohl Center, and it will take place on Sunday, February 9, at noon central time.