If you’ve been doing CrossFit® for at least 1 year, you’ll be there “the monkey” and you have surely thought of going to see the Games live.
Well, for a silly comparison, CrossFit® games are like Disneyland for hardcore Crossfitters.
Outraged see live the shows that the athletes put on during the competitionsyou will have the opportunity to walk around the exhibitor pavilion and try out all kinds of equipment and novelties that exists in this landscape.
Another truly phenomenal thing? You can even do daily WODs in their training area! All for free, just put your name on a list and that’s it! It’s crazy!
Where and when will the 2022 CrossFit® Games take place?
When? From August 2 to August 7, 2022
Where is it? At the Alliant Energy Center
Street address: 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713
How to buy tickets for the Games
The advice is to buy the ticket for the Colosseum as soon as possiblesuch as tickets for the first day and for the final ending a few hours after going on sale.
Here is the link where to buy them: https://www.ticketmaster.com/crossfit-games-tickets/artist/1550109
- Colosseum + Festival – The Coliseum is the main arena of the CrossFit® Games and is where the main events of the day and the final take place. The Coliseum ticket gives you access to the festival, but the cheapest is $225 + tax (but you are practically in the loft!) .
- party only – The Festival is the complete space created during the Games. This space includes the exhibition area, the training area and the open arena where certain events take place. The Festival ticket alone is much cheaper, it costs 119 USD + tax to enter every day and you can watch all the events taking place at the Colosseum, through large screens scattered throughout. There’s also an indoor dining area, where you can buy beers and watch events on the big screen.
Where to stay
The options are many; from camping to the exclusive play area, AirBnb and many hotels.
Here are some hotel tips:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Madison East
It is located east of the city of Madison, but a 10-15 minute drive from the site.
The only downside is that you will need a car or uber to get to the Games.
Residence Inn Madison West / Middleton
This is very similar to the previous one and here also the distance from the center is 10/15 min, therefore you will have to use a car or an uber.
AC Marriott Downtown Madison
This hotel is right in the center and is closer to the arena. The cost is much higher, but it will save you from having to rent a car.
There are 3 good airport options:
- General Mitchell International Airport – MKE – it’s about an hour’s drive from Madison.
- Chicago – there are two airports but Ohare is probably better as it is about a 3 hour drive from Madison.
- Dane County Regional Airport – MSN – which is Madison’s airport, minutes from downtown.
If you arrive at one of these airports, the advice is to rent a car with pick-up and drop-off directly there. This will make your life easier and save you from spending more to get to the Arena.
It goes without saying that you should rent a car well in advance!
It is very easy to use uber or Lyft (competitor of Uber in the USA), but at times the price is quite high.
If you stay near the event, you can only rent and travel by bike.
Where to eat during the Games
Whole Foods Market
3313 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705
If you are lucky, you will find athletes buying food before bed or even having dinner at the buffet in this supermarket. If you don’t know it, it’s worth going shopping there one day.
Short pile restaurant – Breakfast and brunch
301 W Johnson St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
marigold kitchen – Breakfast and lunch
118 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703
Bassett Street Brunch Club
444 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703
OVERLOAD! Food – Urban Farm
1902 and Washington Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Tornado Steak House
116 S Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703
Where to have a drink and have fun
State Street Kids (better known as Rogue’s Bar)
1015, 603 State St, Madison, WI 53703
This bar is said to have been bought by Rogue and during the Games you can see several Rogue advertisements scattered around and a huge sign on the main wall.
The Whiskey Jack Lounge – Drinking, dancing, using the mechanical bull, etc.
552 State St, Madison, WI 5370
Saloon Red Rock
322 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company
123 E Doty St, Madison, WI 53703
After the party
The after party has no specific address, but you will listen”rumors“And all you have to do is receive the link and buy the ticket.
And you know the right thing? You will probably have the chance to see elite athletes celebrating!
Where to train
When you’re in Madison, you might want to take a to file. Here are the boxes you can try:
Great State CrossFit® – 2 minutes from Alliant Energy where the Games take place
CrossFit® Games app – The app itself lists the different training locations and booking times.
What to do in Madison
Madison Boats – stand up paddle at Lake Monona
State Capital Building – Visit and visit the Capitol building and climb to the top, the view is quite interesting
824 Knickerbocker Street, Madison, WI 53711
If you would like more tips on what to do in Madison, please visit this link: https://www.visitmadison.com/crossfit/things-to-do/