Grateful Red

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The Grateful Red is the student section of the Kohl Center, home of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's NCAA men's basketball team. As a division of the Badger Student Fan Club, it cheers on the Badgers from behind the basket at the Kohl Center. The name is a take-off of the rock group, the Grateful Dead, and members wear tie-dyed T-shirts as their pseudo-uniforms. The Detroit News ranked the section the #1 college basketball student section in February 2007.[1] The section was known as "Mr. Bennett's Neighborhood" for former coach Dick Bennett and debuted as the "grateful red" in 2002.[2]

View from the Grateful Red student section

The Grateful Red holds 2,100 students and extends from the floor to the roof of the Kohl Center, a span of three decks. Under current coach Bo Ryan, the men's basketball team achieved a record of 133–10 at home and held a 24-game home winning streak through the 2006-07 season.


  1. ^ Lacy, Eric. "Wisconsin has No. 1 student section," Detroit News, Feb 16, 2007.
  2. ^ Schultz, Rob. "ESPN Show Will Focus on Badgers," The Capital Times. Madison, Wis.: Jan 31, 2004. p. 4.C

Further reading[edit]

  • "Grateful Red" awaits U-M ; Wisconsin has been tough place to win for visitors; Nathan Fenno / Grand Rapids Press News Service. The Grand Rapids Press. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Feb 16, 2005. pg. E.4.
  • 38 SPECIAL ; FANS, Defense, patience key Wisconsin's remarkable winning streak at the Kohl center. Jim O'Donnell. Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago, Ill.: Jan 25, 2005. pg. 108