For those complaining of "unfair" travel times, how many stadiums big enough, close enough, and available enough are there in the northwest part of the state? If you notice most of the Level 4 sites are either D1 or D2 high school fields or college fields. UW-Stout and UW-River Falls have home games Saturday, so that takes them out. Not sure the availability on UW-Eau Claire, the football team plays at Stout though. There's no D1 high school football teams up there until you get to Superior. Unfortunately there's just not many places big enough to host a Level 4 game, especially in that part of the state.
First of all, a neutral site between Hilbert and Shell Lake would not be in the NW part of the state. The game is at UW-SP, and you mentioned Stout and River Falls are takin out because of Saturday home games. Stevens Point also has a home game Saturday. Even if Stout and RF were available, those would not be neutral for this game anyhow. DC Everest or Wausau West would have been much closer. I know both of them our hosting other games, but either those games could be played elsewhere (such as UW-SP), or they could host two games. The travel mileage for the Shell Lake-Hilbert game would then be 160/120 compared to 195/85. And I am not necessarily complaining, just wondering why the difference in time is so great.