Mountaineers Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Shawn Clark

Team Mascot: Yosef

Year Opened: 1962

Capacity: 30000

City / State: Boone / North Carolina

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

App State vs Georgia Southern

Rival Team: Georgia Southern Eagles

The Appalachian State-Georgia Southern rivalry stems from similarities rather than differences. Not only do the two schools have similar academic histories as they both were originally teacher colleges, but they also have similar histories on the Gridiron. Both joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2013 after building up a strong championship pedigree in the FCS. The two schools have met every year since 1993 with the Mountaineers holding a 16-13-1 advantage. Appalachian State looks to continue to have the upper hand in this rivalry.

Mountaineers Tailgate Guide


Appalachian State’s rural location means that a Mountaineers football game is the hottest party in town. Students here start tailgating at the crack of dawn, which features a delicious spread of beer and food. One way that the Appalachian State tailgate differs from many other colleges is that there is not a lot of Greek life. This, however, doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of great parties to join in on as Southern hospitality can be found throughout the ASU campus.

The tailgate lots here feature a plethora of delectable foods including fried turkey, fried fish, ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and cornbread. People in Boone are very friendly and will be happy to share their good home country fixings with you. Make sure to come with an appetite as the food here is sure to leave you feeling full.


Mountaineer Walk

The Mountaineer Walk is a chance for fans to give their team that last little burst of encouragement before the game. The walk takes place approximately 3 and a half hours before kickoff and is led by the band and cheer squad. Attending the Mountaineer walk is a sure fire way to get your Mountaineers revved for the game so that they’ll bring home the W.

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Fan Zone

The Fan Zone is located outside of Kidd Brewer Stadium’s West Gate and is a great tailgate area for the whole family. It features many fan-friendly and interactive activities that help create Appalachian State’s hometown atmosphere. If you’re looking for a place to tailgate that is fun for the entire family, look no further than the Fan Zone where you’ll be sure everyone will have a great time.

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Where to tailgate

Mountaineers Stadium Guide

In Game

Game day at “The Rock” is like nothing else and is something that every college football fan should experience at least once. The fans here go all out on game day showing off their Mountaineers pride covering themselves in black and gold from head to toe. The Mountaineers have an impressive fan base for an FBS newcomer due to their success at the FCS level. Appalachian State is the only team to have won three Division I championships in the row since Army in the 1940s, which they won from 2005 to 2007. Also, Appalachian State is the only school to receive votes in the final AP Poll while playing in the FCS as they received eight in 2008. This recent success has helped build a strong following and create a hostile environment for opposing teams at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The location of Kidd Brewer Stadium also makes attending a game here a unique and wonderful experience. The stadium is located between the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and surrounded by several lush forests, which means that the surrounding area has a breathtaking array of fall colors on display during football season. This backdrop along with Kidd Brewer’s 25,000 fan capacity helps create an intimate atmosphere that is unique to Mountaineer football.

Things to check out

Block A

Catch a glimpse of Appalachian State’s famous Block A on the hill at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The A shows off the pride the university has in its football program and lets fans know exactly where they are when attending a game at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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Plaques and Pennants

Take a walk around the concourse to see all of the plaques and pennants celebrating the Mountaineers strong history. The plaques and pennants do an excellent job of honoring pasts greats, so make sure to check them out.


Yosef is the Appalachian State mascot who originally appeared in the school’s yearbook as a freshman in 1942. The name Yosef comes from the mountain speak word for “yourself.” He is a unique mix of scruffy and cuddly as he was created more in the vain of an Appalachian farmer than that of a pioneer like Daniel Boone. Look for Yosef to fire off his musket as the Mountaineers run up the score.

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Marching Mountaineers

The 250 member Marching Mountaineers puts on an incredible show at Appalachian State football games. The band performs a variety of fan favorites, including “Hi Hi Yikas,” and puts on great pregame and halftime shows, so don’t miss the Marching Mountaineers during your visit to Boone.

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Black Saturday

There are few better sights in college football than a Black Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Everyone is dressed head to toe in black making the Mountaineers crowd even more intimidating than usual. Make sure to wear black when attending a Black Saturday game.

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Fight Songs

  1. Hi Hi Yikas

    Nobody like us,
    We are the mountaineers,
    mountaineers, mountaineers,
    Always a-winning Always a-grinning Always a-feeling fine You bet, hey
    Go Apps!
    Fight Apps!
    Go, fight, win Apps!

  2. Cherished Vision (Alma Mater)

    Cherished vision of the Southland,
    Alma Mater in the hills: Thou dost point our minds to wisdom,
    Till the truth our spirit thrills.
    Appalachian, Alma Mater of our hearts the joy and pride; Lead us ever, lead us onward,
    Vanguard of the Hero’s side.

  3. Krypton Fanfare

    played before games



  4. Tennessee Waltz

    played after games

    I was dancin’ with my darlin’ to the Tennessee Waltz  When an old friend I happened to see
    I introduced her to my loved one
    And while they were dancin’
    My friend stole my sweetheart from me
    I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
    Now I know just how much I have lost
    Yes, I lost my little darlin’ the night they were playing
    The beautiful Tennessee Waltz.  (REPEAT BOTH VERSES)

  5. App State Chant

    Each side of the stadium chants App and State back and forth. The chant is a great way to show off your App State pride, so join in on the chant and help give the Mountaineers as much of a home field advantage as possible.


Mountaineers Bars & Restaurants

  1. River Street Ale House

    River Street Ale House

    Best place to watch sports and with the largest selection of draft beers in Boone.

    957 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  2. Lost Province Brewing Co.

    Lost Province Brewing Co pizza beer

    We brew authentic and innovative craft beer and serve savory wood-fired fare.

    130 N Depot St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  3. Blowing Rock Brewery and Ale House

    BlowingRock fries burger

    Blowing Rock Brewing Company produces craft quality artisanal ales and lagers for distribution throughout North Carolina. 100% brewed in North Carolina.

    152 Sunset Dr, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Boone Saloon

    Boone Saloon beer

    A comfortable, clean place where conversation is revered, quality service and food is appreciated, and style is a heavy consideration.

    489 W King St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  5. The Tapp Room

    The Tapp Room bar

    The TApp Room in Boone, NC is a casual place to kick back and enjoy some good food, a great selection of beer on tap, and good times.

    421 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Macado’s

    Macados burger fries

    Known for its large variety of overstuffed sandwiches, vast bar, and delightfully eccentric decor, Macado's has become a staple in college towns, quaint downtowns, and rural communities alike.

    539 W King St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Appalachian Mountain Brewery

    Appalachian Mountain Brewery

    As The Appalachian Mountain Brewery, our mission is to sustainably brew quality beer.

    163 Boone Creek Dr, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  8. The Rock Sports Bar and Grill

    The Rock Sports Bar and Grill

    Welcome to The Rock Sports Bar & Grill, located in Boone, North Carolina. Our menu is stacked with delicious appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, dogs and more.

    276 Village Dr, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  9. Proper


    Proper is an homage to a Southern upbringing. It is preserving a way of life that includes an honest living, being polite, and eating good food.

    142 Water St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Mellow Mushroom

    Mellow Mushroom

    Serving Stone Baked Pizza, Calzones, Hoagies, Salads, Vegan & Gluten-Free options with a wide selection of beer since 1974.

    805 W King St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  11. Vidalia Restaurant and Wine Bar

    Vidalia Restaurant and Wine Bar

    Upscale Casual Restaurant located in historic downtown Boone, just across from the Watauga county courthouse, serving creative American cuisine..think comfort foods with a twist!

    831 W King St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Melanie’s Food Fantasy

    Melanies Food Fantasy

    Since 1991, Melanie's Food Fantasy has operated as a meeting place where great food, conversation, and atmosphere come together.

    664 W King St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  13. Our Daily Bread


    Our Daily Bread was founded in 1984 with the intention of ingredient-focused sandwiches and light fare, plus wine & beer, in a casual, warm-hued place.

    627 W King St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  14. Black Cat Burrito

    Black Cat Burrito

    Offers the best damn Burritos, Tacos, and Quesadillas in town. Our nachos, chilis, soups and specials will knock your socks off!

    127 Depot St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  15. King Street Creamery & Coffee

    King Street Creamery and Coffee

    We proudly serve 36 delicious flavors of Hershey’s ice cream. From classics like vanilla and chocolate to more decadent types like Cappuccino Crunch and Salty Caramel Truffle. We also serve tasty frozen yogurt.

    595 W King St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $

  16. Woodlands BBQ

    Woodlands Bbq

    Woodlands Barbeque Restaurant specializes in North Carolina Barbeque Pork and Ribs, great food, nightly entertainment, and catering.

    8304 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - mexican - $$

  17. Foggy Rock Pub and Eatery

    Foggy Rock Puband Eatery

    A twist on the ordinary.

    8180 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  18. Dan’l Boone Inn

    Danl Boone Inn

    For over 50 years, Dan'l Boone Inn has been serving Boone and the high country delicious homecooked meals, just like you remember at grandma's house.

    130 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  19. Come Back Shack

    ComeBackShack burger fries

    We're a local burger joint that's all about fresh, delicious, handmade, homemade food at an amazing value.

    1521 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  20. Wild Craft Eatery

    Wild Craft Eatery

    Hob Nob Farm Cafe had a new name and a new game. We have your old favorites, and new ones too, all made much faster, just for you!

    506 W King St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $$

  21. Cafe Portofino

    Cafe Portofino

    A favorite of Boone locals, Café Portofino is located in a 100-year- old building on Rivers Street, once the original maintenance station for the historic, Tweetsie Railroad.

    970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  22. Stick Boy Bread Co

    Stick Boy Bread Co

    "Bread is the paper of the food industry. You write your sandwich on it." -- Dwight Schrute, The Office

    345 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  23. The Local

    The Local

    The Local offers lunch, dinner and late-night selections, highlighting unique dishes created from fresh ingredients grown across the high country.

    179 Howard St, Boone, NC 28607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$