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    CU-Boulder Football Game Day Guide 

    Welcome, visiting teams, CU parents, football fans and Buffs! If you’re attending a University of Colorado Boulder football game, we want to make sure you have a good time at the game and exploring Boulder. Here’s your guide to make the most of game day at Folsom Field and around town. 

    Please note the Pac-12 Conference, which includes the University of Colorado, has postponed all sports competitions through end of the calendar year.

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    Ralphie’s Corral

    Ralphie’s Corral is the official tailgate event for CU football games. (Ralphie is CU's mascot — an honest-to-goodness real live buffalo.) The Corral is open to everyone, no registration required, and is held on the lawn south of the Duane Physics building. Enjoy:

    • Photo ops with Ralphie (see below for more about Ralphie)
    • Performances by the CU Marching Band and Spirit Squad
    • Fun games for kids
    • Pictures with Chip, our costumed mascot
    • Prizes and giveaways
    • Great music
    • Concessions 
    Tailgating at Embassy Suites

    On CU Boulder game days, Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder invites guests to join them two hours before the game for tailgating, with specials from the grill, a beer tent, yard games, drink specials, giveaways and $5 parking. Guests from competing teams are welcome, too. The hotel is just one mile from Folsom Field, with the last few yards up a steep hill.

    Unofficial Tailgating

    The Millenium Harvest House Boulder Hotel is close to campus and a popular tailgating spot, particularly for visiting teams. On campus, at lot 169 (north of Folsom Field by the practice field) and Franklin Field (directly east of Folsom Field), donors and season pass holders will be tailgating. While you likely won’t be able to park here, some pass holders don’t mind if “walkups” join their pre-game celebration. You'll see cars, trucks, tents and grills set up.

    CU Tailgating

    Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado

    Pre-Game Events

    Pearl Street Stampede

    The night before each home game, head to the Pearl Street Mall at 7pm for a fun, family-friendly pep rally and parade. The Pearl Street Stampede features a vintage firetruck, the CU marching band, the cheer team and Chip the mascot, all making their way down Pearl whipping up crowds as they go. It starts at the Boulder County Courthouse (at 13th and Pearl) and moves westward.

    Pearl Street Stampede

    Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado


    Join the CU Marching Band, Spirit Squad, Chip and other Buffs fans 2.5 hours before kickoff as the football team makes its way from the buses on Colorado Avenue to the locker room along the east side of the stadium. 

    University of Colorado Boulder Mascots

    Ralphie is the University of Colorado Boulder’s mascot, a live buffalo who makes an appearance at every home game. With her team of varsity student-athletes, called Ralphie Handlers, she leads the football team onto the field on game day and laps the gridiron to the wild cheers of fans. Chip, also a buffalo but of the more huggable, costumed variety, is another favorite CU Boulder mascot.

    Ralphie the CU Mascot

    CU Fight Song

    Sing along, even if you only get the last five words: “fight, fight…fight, fight, fight!”

    Game-Day Eats

    • The Buff (.8 mile from Folsom Field) A longtime favorite breakfast and brunch spot known for their Saddlebags Pancakes and skillets. This video says it all.
    • Village Coffee Shop (.6 mile from Folsom Field) No-frills diner food done right. Fluffy pancakes, ultra-crispy hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, and more.
    • The Sink (.6 mile from Folsom Field) Killer burgers and pizza, graffitied walls, 15-some beers on tap and a build-your-own mule bar. 
    • Rincon Argentino (.6 mile from Folsom Field) Fresh-baked empanadas in a casual spot with a small patio close to Folsom Field.
    • Zolo Grill (.7 mile from Folsom Field) A good one to take parents to, this Southwest cuisine is delish and so are the margaritas (including the signature Zolorita).
    • Half Fast Subs (.6 mile from Folsom Field) Really tasty, creative subs and a sunny patio on which to devour them. 

    Front end of The Sink Boulder

    Pre- and Post-Game Bars

    • The Sundown Saloon (1.1 miles from Folsom Field) Cheap pitchers of beer, a pool table, darts and a dive-y underground vibe.
    • License No. 1 (1.3 miles from Folsom Field) Below the Hotel Boulderado, this historic cocktail bar had the first liquor license in Boulder. Great specials make it popular with students and locals.
    • The Dark Horse (1.1 miles from Folsom Field) Fun, kitschy décor, laid-back vibes and good food. 
    • Pearl Street Pub and Cellar (1.2 miles from Folsom Field) Affordable pints, a hearty happy hour, foosball and billiards in this low-key, old-school spot on Pearl.
    • Bohemian Biergarten (1.2 miles from Folsom Field) Long, wooden tables, pretzel, sausages and German beers in huge steins.
    • Backcountry Pizza and Tap House (.6 mile from Folsom Field) So many beers, so little time — and it’s very close to Folsom Field, too.

    Where to Stay

    Boulder is fairly geographically compact, so most hotels are only a few minutes from Folsom Field. The hotels close to CU are listed here

    48 Hours in Boulder

    2020 CU Boulder Football Schedule

    IMPORTANT: The Pac-12 Conference has postponed all sports competitions through end of the calendar year.

    Here is the Boulder football schedule for the entire season. Home games are in bold. Get tickets here

    Sat., Sept. 5

    Colorado State

    Canvas Stadium, Ft. Collins

    Sat., Sept. 12

    Fresno State

    Folsom Field

    Sat., Sept. 19

    Texas A&M Kyle Field, College Station, TX

    Sat., Sept. 26

    Oregon Ducks

    Folsom Field

    Fri., Oct. 9

    Arizona Wildcats

    Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

    Sat., Oct. 17

    UCLA Bruins

    Folsom Field (Family Weekend)

    Sat. Oct. 24

    Arizona State Sun Devils

    Folsom Field (Homecoming)

    Sat., Oct. 31

    USC Trojans

    LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

    Sat., Nov. 7

    Washington State Cougars

    Folsom Field

    Sat., Nov. 14

    Stanford Cardinal

    Standford Stadium, Standford, CA

    Sat., Nov. 21

    Washington Huskies

    Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA

    Sat., Nov. 28

    Utah Utes

    Folsom Field

    Fri., Dec. 4

    Pac-12 Championship Game

    Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

    ParkingCU Football Game Day Parking Map

    Parking is available on campus but is very limited. You’ll need to get there at least an hour before kickoff. See the map below (public parking is indicated in black) and purchase online in advance to save $5


    It’s usually easier to park your car off campus and ride one of these routes to and from the game.

    • The HOP: Park at Twenty Ninth Street shopping center and take the HOP bus to campus. $3 for a 3-hour pass. 
    • Buff Shuttle: Park at Table Mesa Park-n-Ride (on the southeast edge of town) and ride the Buff Shuttle to the game for $4.50 round-trip. Note this only runs before and after the game, not during.
    • BuffRide: Coming from Longmont or Denver? Catch the BuffRide starting 2.5 hours before kickoff at participating Park-n-Rides. Fares vary from $6 to $10. Details here. 


    Clear-Bag PolicyClear Bags

    Fans may bring one clear bag no larger than 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches, or a one-gallon resealable clear plastic storage bag, into Folsom Field. Fans also will be allowed one small clutch purse, no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Bags that will no longer be allowed into Folsom Field include backpacks, large purses, oversized tote bags, camera bags and binocular cases, diaper bags, fanny packs and printed plastic bags. Seat cushions and chair backs are allowed, but they must be 18 inches or less in width and cannot have pockets, zippers or covers. Full stadium policies here. 

    Top photo: Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado