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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 making the most of game day at Folsom Field and around town. 

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Get your CU football tickets directly from the CU Buffs website. In addition, the ticket booth, located at the southeast corner of Folsom Field, is open on game days four hours prior to kickoff to handle ticket sales and will call. 


Ralphie’s Corral

Ralphie’s Corral is the official tailgate event for CU football games. (Ralphie is the name of 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:

  • 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 
Unofficial Tailgating

On campus, several parking lots (shown on this map) are open to tailgaters. 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

Coach Prime

There's a palpable sense of excitement around Boulder as Deion "Coach Prime" Sanders enters his second season as head coach of the Buffaloes football team. Keep up to date with Prime-related news on the Colorado Buffaloes' website, or follow Coach Prime on Instagram.

And here's a little something extra for the super-fans. As he's been getting to know Boulder, Sanders has been documenting on social media the eateries he's tried along the way. Browse the spots he's been to and see what he thought of each one.

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

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. 
  • 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, artfully 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.
  • 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 Post Chicken and Beer (1.6 miles from Folsom Field) Every week, they host the CU Coaches Show, with hot chicken, cold beer, and CU football play-by-play with Coach Prime.
  • 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.
  • The Colorado Club (1.5 miles from Folsom Field) This newer spot was made for game time, with eight huge screens, a great sound system, a cool retro vibe and tasty pub fare.

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.

2024 CU Boulder Football Schedule

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


Apr. 27

Black & Gold Day Spring Game at Folsom Field

Aug. 29

North Dakota State at Folsom Field

Sept. 7


Sept. 14

Colorado State University

Sept. 21

Baylor at Folsom Field

Sept. 28

University of Central Florida

Oct. 12

Kansas State at Folsom Field

Oct. 19


Oct. 26

Cincinnati at Folsom Field

Nov. 9

Texas Tech

Nov. 16

Utah at Folsom Field

Nov. 23


Nov. 29

Oklahoma State at Folsom Field


Parking is available on campus but is very limited. You’ll need to get there at least an hour before kickoff. The CU website is the best resource for parking information.


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

  • The HOP: Take the HOP bus to campus, which is $3 for a 3-hour pass. Park at Twenty Ninth Street shopping center or other spots along the route.
  • Flatiron Flyer: If you're coming from Denver, you can take the RTD bus called the Flatiron Flyer (FF1) and disembark at Broadway and Euclid in Boulder. From there, it is a half-mile walk to the stadium.
  • Free Bus from East Campus: Park off Colorado Avenue & Discovery Drive, for $20 Text to Pay after you park. A free shuttle to/from the stadium begins three hours prior to kick-off and runs for one hour after the game ends. See CU's website for a map.

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 not be allowed into Folsom Field include backpacks, large purses, oversized tote bags, camera bags and binocular cases, diaper bags, drawstring 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. 

Leave No Trace

Make your game-day visit as sustainable as possible with these great tips from Leave No Trace.