Few things are better than returning to your alma matter and basking in the spirit of your fellow fans. Even though you no longer down beverages as you could in the glory days, it’s always great to know that some traditions haven’t changed.
Even if it has been years since you entered your school’s stadium, a few things are bound to be the same. Here are a few of the best stadium traditions in college football from around the country:
Legend has it some University of Colorado students hired a cowboy to handle a rented bison for the last game of the season in 1934. The tradition didn’t really stick until 1967, and since then Ralphie has been a mainstay for the Buffaloes. In fact, Ralphie is so beloved he has even been crowned homecoming queen. Of course, to continue the tradition, there have been five Ralphies throughout the school’s history.
Auburn’s War Eagle
Few birds are as majestic and patriotic as an eagle. At Auburn, the historic war eagle takes flight before every home game. This tradition began in 1892 in a game against the University of Georgia, making it one of the oldest traditions in college football. If you travel to Auburn come game day, it might be best to keep an eye on the sky — no one likes getting swooped on.
Army vs. Navy
Seeing a stadium loaded with military officers in full uniform is humbling and goes well beyond the football field. The Army-Navy game first took place in 1890 and continues each December.
“Jump Around” at Wisconsin
The Badgers’ men’s swim team first riled up fans with this jam in 1993 using a CD player. In the following years, this classic hit became a means of awakening Wisco football fans during that third-quarter slump. In 1998, this ditty propelled the Badgers to victory late in a homecoming game against Purdue.