Just Ask Us: When did Badger football fans start the jumping around tradition?

2011-09-18T12:00:00Z 2013-07-19T14:30:14Z Just Ask Us: When did Badger football fans start the jumping around tradition?DEVIN ROSE | drose@madison.com | 608-252-6143 | @Devin806 madison.com

Q: When did the "Jump Around" tradition during UW football games start?

A: Badgers fans started jumping around at Camp Randall between the third and fourth quarters while the House of Pain song played in 1998, according to uwbadgers.com.

Not much scoring was going on during the Oct. 10 Homecoming game against Purdue, so a UW marketing agent put the song on the loudspeakers between the third and fourth quarters.

"It didn't take much urging for the student section to begin their now famous jumping sequence," the website says.

In September 2003, former UW-Madison athletic director Pat Richter made a last-minute decision not to play the song because of concerns about jumping on stadium construction. Four days of student complaints, as well as a resolution with the Associated Students of Madison student government calling for its reinstatement, followed the decision.

Despite swaying of the upper deck, a structural safety review by architects and engineers confirmed Camp Randall is stable, and former chancellor John Wiley decided to restore the tradition.

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