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Badger fans say goodbye to the old Union South

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Badger fans gathered at Union South on Saturday during the final Badger Bash pregame party to be held there.  The building will be torn down after this school year. Badger fans gathered at Union South on Saturday during the final Badger Bash pregame party to be held there. The building will be torn down after this school year.
A rendering of what the new south campus Union would look like, including urban wind turbines on the roof. A rendering of what the new south campus Union would look like, including urban wind turbines on the roof.

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Badger tradition is taking a hiatus from its usual spot on campus.

Saturday afternoon's Badger Bash was the last pregame party at Union South for quite a while. The building, which opened in 1971, will be torn down at the end of this school year.

We found one UW alumnus who watched the band play there one last time before kickoff.

"It's been a while since I've been here, but it's great to be back and be able to see this place one last time before they tear this down for the new union," said Al Radliff, class of 1972.

After demolition, work will begin on the new south campus union.  It will include environmental features like more windows for natural light, a rooftop garden, and wind turbines up top.

The band will play on Engineering Mall nearby for the next two years.  It then returns to the new building at the corner of Randall and Dayton in the fall of 2011.

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