1. The Chirp
When the opponents are facing a third down Charlie Cardinal heads over to the student section and begins the signature chirp chant which the rest in attendance join in on. The chant features everyone waving their arms and CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP.
2. Charlie the Cardinals
Charlie the Cardinal is an awesome mascot can be seen all over the stadium during the game. While most mascots stay down on the field, he uses the entire stadium as his stomping grounds. He may be with the band one minute, out on the grassy knoll the next, and then before you know it he may be sitting right next to you.
3. Pride of Mid-America Band
The Pride of Mid-America Band is the largest student organization at Ball State with almost 200 members. On game days you’ll find the band performing excellent renditions of traditional favorites like the school’s fight song and alma mater as well as many contemporary favorites. Don’t leave your seat at halftime, as you wouldn’t want to miss out on the outstanding halftime show; this band has to offer.
4. Tailgate Town
Here at Ball State, two local radio stations broadcast from the parking lot tailgates before the game and run a variety of contests and games creating a fun pre-game atmosphere filled with plenty of fans. The stations broadcast from different lots, so no matter where you set up your site you’ll be within a short distance of these two tailgating hotspots.
5. Cardinal Walk
One of the best traditions at Ball State is the Cardinal Walk where the team is joined by the Pride of Mid-America Band, the Ball State Cheerleaders, and the Mascot Charlie Cardinal as they make their way to the stadium. The fans cheer on the players and pep squads as they enter the stadium creating a grand entrance for the team’s arrival. The Cardinal walk presents you a great opportunity to get close to the players meaning you won’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity.
6. Bronze Stalk Trophy
The winner between Ball State and Northern Illinois takes home the Bronze Stalk Trophy. The rivalry is among the fiercest in the MAC and often has a conference championship and bowl game implications, as in recent years both teams have been among the strongest in the conference. This rivalry dates back to 1941 when the Cardinals and Huskies tie 6 all and has been going strong ever since with Northern Illinois holding an ever so slim 21-20-1 all-time lead. The battle for the Bronze Stalk Trophy is a can’t miss event for Cardinals fans, so make sure to be in attendance when these two bitter rivals get together.
7. Rock the Red
When you head to the game make sure you bring all of the red and black you’ve got to blend in with the crowd. Whether you make a stop at the bookstore and grab some official gear or if you’re coming in from Chicago and want to bring your Blackhawks jersey then go ahead since you can’t have too much red in Muncie.
8. Charlie Town
There is something for everyone to check out at Charlie Town. Here on the west lawn of the Alumni Center, you’ll find food, music, and a family fun zone. Charlie Town opens two hours before kickoff, so stop by and bring the entire family.
9. Blue Key Victory Bell
Despite becoming less frequent in recent years, there is still plenty of animosity between Ball State and Indiana State when these two longtime rivals get together. The rivalry began in 1924 when the Sycamores shutout the Cardinals 47-0. Since then Ball State has exacted revenge having won 39 of the 65 meetings between the schools. Don’t miss this one, as you’ll be in for one of the biggest games of the season when Ball State and Indiana State square off on the gridiron.
10. Historical Photos and Championship Banners
Located on the main concourse, these banners pay tribute to some of the best players, coaches, teams, and moments in Ball State football history. Stop by and check these out to get the full Ball State game day experience during your trip to Muncie.