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

I want to start by thanking everyone for their tremendous support throughout the past year. I hope everyone enjoyed the journey as much as we did. I was very proud of our players and how they persevered on their way to a 10-win season. The Holiday Bowl win against USC really personified our team in the way they battled and fought for everything and in the end found a way to come out with a victory against a very good team.

It was also fun to get reacquainted with the Mendota Gridiron Club and its members. There were a lot of familiar faces as well as some new ones that I had the pleasure to meet. Your support for our football program will never be taken for granted. I know the amount of time and energy you devote to the Badgers and am grateful for that passion.

You have a big hand in the success of our program and the success of our student-athletes, both on and off the field. It is boosters like you that help us to provide a great experience for our players, whether it is in the wonderful facilities they use on a daily basis or the great support they receive off the field. It is also evident every time we step on the field, whether the game is at Camp Randall or on the road, when the sea of red shows up in the stands.

You will notice that we are making some slight changes to the exclusive activities we offer to members of the Mendota Club. Our hope is to share some new unique opportunities with Club members while preserving the great tradition that has been established. We have a lot of great ideas that should result in more access to our program but we are still working on finalizing the details.

Like every season, there will be some familiar faces and some players who must grow into new roles. I’m excited to get started with this group and continue the Badger tradition of excellence on and off the field. I love the way they compete and their desire to get better. We have an incredible opportunity in front of us with the season-opener vs. LSU at Lambeau Field. I know it’s a tough ticket but hopefully many of you will be able to join us in that historic venue.

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