MADISON, Wisconsin — Wisconsin is naming the playing field at Camp Randall Stadium after former Badgers football coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced the decision at a Friday night ceremony honoring Alvarez, who retired as Wisconsin’s athletic director this summer. Blank said the playing field will be known as “Barry Alvarez Field at Camp Randall Stadium.”
Alvarez coached Wisconsin from 1990 to 2005 and set a program record for career coaching victories, winning three Rose Bowl titles at a school that had gone 9-36 in the four years before his arrival. His career record of 119-74-4 includes a 1-1 draw as an interim coach in bowl games that concluded the 2012 and 2014 seasons.
Alvarez was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
“Barry Alvarez has had an immeasurable impact on the UW-Madison campus, out in the state and in college sports,” Blank said. “And that kind of career deserves recognition at the very highest level.
Blank said a fundraising campaign had raised more than $13 million in conjunction with this project.
The naming of the field will take effect next season. School officials plan to place the words “Barry Alvarez Field” in the northwest and southwest corners of the field when the Camp Randall Stadium turf is replaced before the 2022 season.
“That was quite a surprise,” Alvarez said. “I am moved. I am honored.”
Alvarez took over as Wisconsin athletic director in 2004 while still coaching the Badgers. Wisconsin teams won 16 national titles in six different sports (women’s lightweight rowing, men’s cross-country skiing, men’s field hockey, women’s field hockey, men’s indoor track, and men’s rowing) during his career as an athletic director. Women’s lightweight rowing is a sport whose championships are not approved by the NCAA.