The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department revoked the season ticket privileges of 22 patrons in 2009-10, the most since it instituted a behavorial policy at Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center in 2006-07.
All the revovations involved UW students, including 18 for football games, three for men's hockey and one for men's basketball.
By comparison, there were 10 revocations in 2008-09 (six students, four general public patrons), 17 in 2007-08 (15 students, two GPs) and 12 in 2006-07 (eight students, four GPs). All involved football games at Camp Randall.
UW officials also sent out 111 letters of warning this school year, including 87 to students (75 for football, eight for men's hockey and four for men's basketball).
Intoxication or possession of alcohol, underage consumption of alcohol and disorderly conduct were the typical offenses of those revoked or warned. The distinction between the two penalties is generally measured by the degree of law enforcement involvement.
According to data complied by UW Athletics and made available this week, the policy is having a noticeable impact at Badgers football games. The number of revocations and warnings has gone down the last three season (157 in 2006, 164 in '07, 119 in '08 and 116 in '09).
Also, there were 15 warnings and two revocations linked to the season-opening night game with Northern Illinois in 2009. Previous night games were notorious for high volume problems. In 2008, the Ohio State and Penn State games resulted in 40 and 37 sanctions, respectively. In 2007, the Iowa game resulted in 42.
In most cases, drug and alcohol related contact involving students was the result of them being visibly intoxicated. Contact with general public patrons was mainly related to bringing, or attempting to bring, alcohol into the stadium.
It's not clear why the number of warnings and revocations for men's basketball (five) and men's hockey (12) surged. UW senior associate athletic director Sean Frazier did say that the spike for men's hockey wasn't tied to the Camp Randall Hockey Classic, the outdoor game against Michigan that drew in excess of 55,000.