Wisconsin/Alabama Game Hotel Prices Are A Disaster, Availability Is A Crisis

Fans who don't already have hotel rooms booked for the Wisconsin/Alabama game are in big trouble.

The Crimson Tide will visit Madison for a September 14th matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers, and it's easily one of the biggest early games of the season. That's why Big Noon Kickoff will be in town, and I'll be shocked if College GameDay isn't there as well.

I'm so excited that I'm dropping nearly $5,000 to attend the game (let me know at David.Hookstead@outkick.com if you're also attending), and I did the one thing I'm sure many didn't:

Book my hotel room very early.

Hotel situation for Wisconsin/Alabama game is unbelievably bad.

I started hearing some complaints about a lack of availability, and with the game still more than two months away, you'd think there would still be a handful of hotel rooms in the campus area of Madison. You'd be dead wrong.

I looked on Hotels.com Wednesday morning to see what options are available and if the situation was as bad as I'd been led to believe. It's absolutely brutal.

There are essentially no rooms left anywhere within a 60+ minute walk of Camp Randall, and what rooms are left will cost you thousands of dollars with total bill, taxes and fees for two nights.

Think I'm kidding? Check out the screenshot below.

You know when I booked my hotel room? In March, and I booked it for around $550, and I can get to the stadium or downtown area of campus in a very quick Uber or solid walk.

Failure to plan is planning to fail. The brutal reality of the situation is that if you don't already have a hotel room, chances are high you're not getting one at all. People aren't canceling. That's not going to happen, and that means it's time to fork over some big money.

There are some hotels further away in Madison, but nobody is walking to the game from those areas.

Furthermore, ticket prices are high and will likely only go higher prior to September 14th getting here. Want to sit on the 50-yard line?

That will cost you around $600 on the secondary ticket market before tax.

Will I gloat about the fact that my trip is locked down (minus some plane ticket issues we're still ironing out) while many people did not plan the same? I will not because bragging isn't in my personality. I'll just say you better start moving on tickets and hotels ASAP if you haven't already. I'll see you all September 14th, and let me know at David.Hookstead@outkick.com if you're also going to the game. Maybe we'll meet up for a beer!

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David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture. He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics. Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.