The Mendota Gridiron Club, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization and athletic booster club whose sole purpose is to support Wisconsin football and to raise contributions (in cash and in kind) for the University of Wisconsin football program.


The Mendota Gridiron Club, incorporated in 1979, originated as the Mendota Association in 1949. From the original small group of strong and loyal Wisconsin football fans, the club has grown to exceed 1,700 members. Today, members have the opportunity to assist the football staff in continuing the successful program established in recent years.

Any individual may become a member of the Mendota Gridiron Club, Inc. by contributing money, material or services needed and requested by the Athletic Department for the football program. All contributions (cash or in kind) entitle the contributor to membership status for the calendar year in which the contribution is made.

How Do I Join?

Any individual who makes a contribution to the Athletic Department and designates “Football” is considered a member of the Mendota Gridiron Club. Please note that unrestricted gifts tied to football preferred seating do not entitle an individual to membership in the Mendota Gridiron Club. All contributions made in support of Wisconsin Athletics, including those made to the Football Fund, count toward Athletic Department annual giving levels and related ticket, parking and special event benefits.

A Message From Coach Chryst

Photo of Paul Chryst

It really doesn’t seem that long ago that we were getting ready to face LSU at Lambeau Field to kick off 2016. When you are caught up in the day-to-day of a football season, it’s hard to sit back and reflect. But now that we’ve had a little time, I’m awfully proud of what our players accomplished last season.

Representing the West Division in the Big Ten Championship Game, earning a bid to a bowl as prestigious as the Cotton Bowl and winning 11 games doesn’t just happen. It takes a great deal of hard work, commitment to each other and dedication to details. While the outside world talked a lot about the difficulties of the path we faced, our players embraced the challenges and made the most of them.

That attitude is what made the season so fun for us as coaches and hopefully resonated with our fans as well. We strive to represent our university and our fan base in a positive manner at all times and we hope we gave you something to be proud of in 2016.

The Mendota Gridiron Club and its members are extremely important to the success of our program. Our fan support is second to none and this group epitomizes that. We strive to give our players a special experience that will guide them through the rest of their lives and Mendota is instrumental in that. It goes beyond the feeling they get when they experience the “sea of red” at Camp Randall Stadium or on the road and extends to the wonderful facilities and programs that your support helps fund.

There is a lot of excitement about 2017 and we are already gearing up for spring practice. We’ve got a really good core of players returning and I look forward to watching the personality of this team develop. I am also excited to see the growth of some of our younger players as they prepare to take the next step in their development.

The games start on Sept. 1 when we host Utah State under the lights at Camp Randall Stadium but the season starts way before that. I look forward to connecting with the members of the Mendota Gridiron Club and sharing the journey with you.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Badgers and our student-athletes. It is truly appreciated.

On, Wisconsin!

Paul Chryst
Head Football Coach