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March 2009

Wolpack Fall to 1-1 After Close Game


A failed onside kick for possession left the Wolfpack just short of pulling out a win Saturday night at the Coliseum. Instead they had to settle for a 40-36 loss against division leaders, the Chicago Slaughter.


WI WolfpackThe game of back-and-forth started out on a high note when Wolfpack player Derrick Brown returned the ball 57 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff. 

The Wolfpack face the Milwaukee Bonecrushers next weekend in Milwaukee and return to the Coliseum April 4 to take on the Rock River Raptors. Order your tickets here or find out more at







Wolfpack Go 1-0


WI WolfpackThe Wisconsin Wolfpack indoor football team won its first game in a dramatic fashion this past Saturday against regional rivals, the Rock River Raptors by a score of 40-38. They were able to pull out a nail-biting win in the final 10.7 seconds with a touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Stetzer to offensive lineman Mike Sherman.

The team’s next game will be its home opener at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 21. The game starts at 7pm. Tickets are available at or at the door. Find out more about the team by visiting or call 608-251-5800.


2009 Kids Expo Moved to November


The 2009 Kids Expo, originally scheduled for March 21 and 22, has been postponed and moved to November 14 and 15. Madison Festivals believes the move will be beneficial to all involved – producers, exhibitors and attendees. The event benefits the Ronald McDonald House charity.


Check out for more information.


WIAA Girls Basketball Tournament Under Way


WIAA Girls BasketballWith regional and sectional levels of the High School Girls Basketball Tournament held over the past few weekends, teams are looking forward to the state tournament March 12-14 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.


The weekend's schedule is:




Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 12 
Game 1:  Middleton vs. Verona Area - 1:35 p.m. 
Game 2:  Neenah vs. Milwaukee Vincent - approx. 30 min. following Game 1
Game 3:  De Pere vs. Brookfield Central - 6:35 p.m.
Game 4:  Marshfield vs. Milwaukee King - approx. 30 min. following Game 3

Semifinals: Friday, March 13
Game 5:  Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - 6:35 p.m.
Game 6:  Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 - approx. 30 min. following Game 5

Championship Game: Saturday, March 14
Game 7:  Winner of Game-5 vs. Winner of Game-6 - approx. 30 min. following Division 3 championship game.


Semifinals: Friday, March 13
Game 1:  Monroe vs. Grafton - 1:35 p.m. 
Game 2:  Durand vs. Notre Dame - approx. 30 min. following Game 1

Championship Game: Saturday, March 14
Game 3:  Winner of Game-1 vs. Winner of Game-2 - approx. 30 min. following Division 4 championship game


Semifinals: Thursday, March 12
Game 1:  Cuba City vs. Oostburg - 9:05 a.m.
Game 2:  Fall Creek vs. Amherst - approx. 30 min. following Game 1

Championship Game: Saturday, March 14
Game 3:  Winner of Game-1 vs. Winner of Game-2 - 6:35 p.m.


Semifinals: Friday, March 13
Game 1:  Potosi vs. Black Hawk - 9:05 a.m. 
Game 2:  Siren vs. Saint Mary Central - 9:05 a.m.

Championship Game: Saturday, March 14
Game 3:  Winner of Game-1 vs. Winner of Game-2 - 12:05 p.m.



To keep up with the tournament, including schedules, scores and brackets, visit


The Journey to the Coliseum has Begun!


Boys and girls high school hockey teams hoping to clinch a state title finished the regional and sectional levels of the tournaments and continue onto the state tournament this week at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

WIAA Girls HockeyIn the boys tournament, teams competed last week on the sectional level. With quarterfinals over, teams now advance to the semifinals at the Coliseum March 6.  Winners will advance to the championship on Saturday.

Semifinals: Friday, March 6

Game 5:  Arrowhead  vs. Superior  - 5 pm
Game 6:
  Fond du Lac  vs. Rice Lake  - approximately 7:15 pm

With fewer teams, the girls tournament held its sectional competitions last week and semifinals are Friday in the Coliseum. The championship game will be Saturday. 

Semifinals: Friday, March 6

Game 1:  Fond du Lac Co-op vs. Beaver Dam/Randolph - 11 a.m.
Game 2:  River Falls Co-op vs. Mosinee Co-op - approximately 1:15 p.m. 

For up-to-date information on tournament standings and brackets, visit

February 2009


January 2009

Oh Baby!


2009 Baby ExpoThe ultimate show for expecting parents or those with youngsters has finally arrived! The 2009 Madison Baby Expo is February 21-22 in Exhibition Hall. The show features a great variety of exhibitors to showcase new products, toys and services for parents and children alike. A featured speaker for Baby Expo is Dawn Meehan, author of the parenting blog “Because I Said So.”


Don’t miss out on the fun activities Baby Expo has to offer, including the Madison Little Star Photo Contest, the Huggies Diaper Derby and the Babies R Us Daddy Olympics. These fun events also include great prizes! 


Best of all, this show has free admission! Make Baby Expo your one-stop-shop for information, events, free samples and fun for the whole family. Find out all about the 2009 Madison Baby Expo at


Sunday Monster Nationals Refund Information

The 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2009 performance of the Monster Nationals was cancelled.

Refunds for this performance are available at the point of purchase.

  • Internet and telephone orders will be automatically refunded, no action is required by the ticket holder.
  • All other purchases will be refunded at the point of purchase with the presentation of your Sunday performance ticket.


Dolls Open the Season with Pleasant Surprises

Saturday, Jan 10 was a night of surprises as the Mad Rollin Dolls Roller Derby League kicked off its 2009 regular season at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Dolls were able to break their crowd record when nearly 1,600 fans showed up to cheer on their favorite derby gals.
Mad Rollin Dolls ProposalAnother surprise came to roller doll Britnee Smears, as referee James Blond got down on one knee with a marriage proposal. Skaters lining the rink held up signs spelling out “Will You Marry Me?” to make the proposal a memorable one. Needless to say, she said “Yes.” Photos courtesy of Papa Razzi. View more at You Marry Me?
Scoring Results:
Unholy Rollers 85, Reservoir Dolls 69
Vaudeville Vixens 164, Quad Squad 65

Be sure to catch the Dolls’ next home bout at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 1. Making it a pre-Super Bowl extravaganza, the bouts start at 1pm with doors opening at 12:30. And yes, all the action will be over in time for everyone to watch the big game. Hope to see you there!

Visit for tickets and more information.


Winter Chills and Thrills

Madison Winter Fest is almost here and this year’s event is better than ever! For the first time, the fest includes The Frosty 5k Run and Walk, which begins near the steps of the Capitol and ends on Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center. The race includes chip timing and great prizes for overall and age group winners. And best of all, there will be hot chocolate and cookies for all to enjoy at the start and finish lines.

The Frosty 5k takes place on Saturday, February 14 and starts at 10am on Capitol Square. The entry fee is $25. Visit or download an entry form here to register.

Not much of a runner? Take advantage of the many other activities Madison Winter Fest has to offer all weekend February 13-15. Find out about all the fun winter activities at 

December 2008

Cast Your Ballot


It’s that time of year again, vote for your favorites in 102 categories for the Best of Madison Awards. Presented by Madison Magazine, the awards highlight the city’s most popular food & drink, services and people & places.
Best of MadisonBallots are available online at for anyone to fill out. Each person must fill out at least 25 of the 102 categories for their votes to count. The last day to vote is February 1. Winners of the Best of Madison Awards will be published in Madison Magazine’s July issue.
The Alliant Energy Center and its staff would make perfect candidates for a number of categories. Please consider voting for The Center in the following categories:

Caterer – Centerplate

People & Places
  Live Music Venue – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  Website –

Click here to vote!


Spring Comes Early This Year... Kind of

Sick of all this snow already? You’re not alone. Good thing Exhibition Hall is hosting some great events this winter to keep you thinking spring.

Orchid Quest 2009 is here January 31 – February 1. The show includes exotic and deliciously fragrant orchid flowers that will awaken your senses and bring cheers on a cold winter day. The show also has florist displays, painted porcelain, student artwork, quilted orchid banners, and of course many orchid exhibits. Find out more at

The Midwest Garden Expo will have you longing for the outdoors with its many garden, floral and landscape exhibits. The 16th annual show is in Exhibition Hall February 13-15. The expo features seminars, demonstrations, hands-on workshops and much, much more! Visit for more information.

What says spring better than doing some home remodeling? Find out loads of information from experts at the MABA Home Products Show March 6-8. Hundreds of exhibitors are on hand to answer all your questions about all your home projects. Additionally, this year’s show is free to the public! More information is available at


Uh Oh, Monsters are Coming!

No need to hide from these guys, they’re the good kind of monsters. Monster Nationals Truck & Thrill Show has announced its performers for three shows January 23-25 at the Coliseum:

Samson, Tail Gator, High Maintenance, Holman’s Beast, Ironman and CAT Footware Monster will all be making appearances.

Other entertainment includes Megasaurus, Tee’d Off! And Mini off-road trucks. Hope to see you there for a thrilling good time! Show times are 7:30pm Friday, 7:30pm Saturday and 1:00pm Sunday.

UPDATE: The Sunday show has been cancelled.


Tickets make great holiday gifts

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further, as the Alliant Energy Center has tickets on sale for some great events and shows. Tickets are currently on sale for Carrie Underwood on December 4, Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh on December 6, The Harlem Globetrotters on December 27, WWE: RAW Live on January 18, Monster Nationals Truck & Thrill Show for three performances January 23-25, Slipknot in concert on January 27, Chris Tomlin in concert on January 31, The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions on February 11, Motley Crue on February 14 and The Jeff Dunham Comedy Show on May 29.

With all the shows available, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for each person on your list! Visit to purchase tickets for these shows.


Buy yourself some playing time

Ever dream of stepping onto the court side-by-side with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters? Your dream can become a reality with some practice and a rather large bank account. This year, the annual Nieman Marcus holiday gift guide features a dream Globetrotters package for the price of $110,000.
The package includes: an official personalized Globetrotters uniform, guaranteed playing time in a game in the U.S. on the upcoming 2009 World Tour, introduction as a special guest, and behind-the-scenes access.


Interested in living out your Globetrotters dream? Find out more here. If you’re not sure the ultimate experience is within your budget, come out to the Coliseum on December 27 to see great Globetrotters action live – but from the stands.



November 2008

Alliant Energy Center Welcomes the Wolfpack

Wisconsin Wolfpack Indoor FootballIt’s official! The Wisconsin Wolfpack indoor football team is moving to Madison. The team will play its home games in the Coliseum, where fans will enjoy getting up close to all the action on the field. The atmosphere will surely provide a sporting experience unlike any other.
While the season doesn’t begin until March, Wolfpack Head Coach Jordan Kopac is already on the hunt for talent. “I’m looking for players with PIP,” Kopac said. “They need a solid combination of personality, intelligence and physical ability.”

For a howling good time, stay tuned to and to get updates on game dates, ticket information and much more.




A New Look for the Newsletter


To match the newly revamped Web site, the Alliant Energy Center’s monthly newsletter has undergone some style changes of its own starting with the December 2008 edition. The newsletter still features upcoming events at the Center and gives insight to the latest happenings. Sign up here to receive the Alliant Energy Center Newsletter each month in your inbox. 


Crossword Puzzle Key


The December Newsletter features a puzzling crossword. Were you able to solve the puzzle or are you here to sneak a peek? Either way, here is the solution.




October 2008


Getting ‘LinkedIn’ to Social Networking


What started out as a way to connect friends and share photos has now become an interesting and exciting way to promote your business. We’re talking about social marketing, which includes popular sites, and more. The American Marketing Association Madison’s November meeting is all about social networking media and how it can work for your company.


Join the AMA Madison for its breakfast meeting November 11 at 7:30 in Exhibition Hall. Visit for registration and more details.




The Dome Gets a Facelift


Veterans Memorial Coliseum roofConstruction has begun on re-roofing the Coliseum. One of the dome’s 32 distinct valleys has already been completed and can be seen off of Rimrock Road and John Nolen Drive. You’ll notice the new roofing because it’s much brighter than the old, weathered one. The project began in September and will continue this year until the first snowfall, when workers will take the winter off. Crews will be back in spring to complete the project, which is expected to be completed in the summer months.


Passers-by may also notice a bright blue object on the roof – to increase productivity, the crews brought up a portable toilet! Now that’s efficiency.



Nice Ice

The Zamboni has been hard at work and the Arena has officially been turned into an ice rink. The space is used for UW Men’s Hockey Team practice, youth hockey leagues and private events. All the ice will be melted in spring to make way for warm-weather events. 




September 2008


Welcome to the New

The Alliant Energy Center has revamped its website to include new features and make it more user-friendly than ever! Check out the expansive photo gallery, comprehensive events listing and venue information. The site is designed to make it easy for visitors to get information. This is one site you'll want to bookmark!





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