University of Wisconsin


House of Pain’s “Jump Around” was first played through the loudspeakers on October 10, 1998 versus Purdue. The stadium was electric at the end of the third quarter, after UW’s star defensive back, Jamar Fletcher had put the Badgers ahead by intercepting a pass by Boilermaker’s Drew Brees (who later in the game set an NCAA record with 83 pass attempts). That’s when stadium staff decided to play House of Pain’s 1992 song “Jump Around.” Following the lyrics, the student section began jumping up and down on the bleachers. Since then, “Jump Around” has been played between the third and fourth quarters of every home game, with one exception. University officials quietly decided not to play the song for the 2003 season opener while stadium renovations were ongoing. The tradition continued the next week, however, when officials said things were structurally sound. Even if you’re not in the student section, you can feel the stadium shake – so you might as well “get out your seats and jump around!”