Bethune–Cookman Wildcats Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Raymond Woodie Jr.

Team Mascot: Wil D Cat

Year Opened: 1988

Capacity: 10000

City / State: Daytona Beach / Florida

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Florida Classic

Rival Team: Florida A&M Rattlers

The Florida Classic is played each year between Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M and is the biggest MEAC game of the year. The game is held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando and is a must-see event for any Rattlers fan. The rivalry dates back to 1925, and the Rattlers hold a 50-21-1 all-time lead in the series. Although, the battle of the bands between the two schools is the real show, so make sure to stay in your seat at halftime when attending the Florida Classic.

Bethune–Cookman Wildcats Tailgate Guide


Tailgating is a huge part of attending a game at Bethune-Cookman, so get here early if you want to enjoy the Wildcat gameday experience to its fullest. The parking lots outside Daytona Stadium are packed full of fans tailgating well before the game creating a festive feel that no college football fan or tailgating fanatic would want to miss.

Everywhere you look, you’ll see Wildcats fans grilling, drinking, and dancing. The liveliness of the tailgating and the friendliness of the fans make it easy to join in the festivities. Even if you don’t know a lot of people at the start of tailgating, by the end, you’ll feel like you’ve been friends for years.

Finally, make sure to attend the Legacy Walk before the game as it’s an excellent way to get into the Wildcat spirit. The Legacy Walk allows you to see all your favorite players up close and give them some last-minute encouragement.

When attending a Bethune-Cookman game get here early, so you can take part in all the pregame festivities.


Legacy Walk

The Legacy Walk takes place two hours before kickoff and features the players and coaches marching from the bus to the stadium. Stop by the Legacy Walk and see all your favorite players before the game. The Legacy Walk is a fantastic way to get into the game day spirit, so don’t miss it.

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Where to tailgate

Bethune–Cookman Wildcats Stadium Guide

In Game

Bethune-Cookman games are all about the band and dance team. These two groups steal the show at every Wildcats football game, so enjoy their performances throughout the game. Both groups will dazzle you with their routines creating a unique experience that you’ll only find at other historically black college football games.

While the band and dance team may be the main draw, the Wildcats football team is no slouch having won 7 conference championships over the years. The Wildcats typically put an entertaining product on the field, which along with the band and dance team helps draw big crowds to every game.

Finally, everyone you meet at a Wildcats game is very friendly making it easy for you to feel a part of the crowd at the game. If you want to learn more about the team or the band just ask the person next to you and they’ll be happy to engage in conversation.

A trip to Daytona Beach for a Bethune-Cookman game is a great experience if you love the pageantry of college football, so get your tickets to a Wildcats game today.

Things to check out

The Pride

The Bethune-Cookman Marching Band is worth the price of admission on their own, so enjoy their incredible performance during the game. Get to your seat before kickoff and don’t leave it at halftime as you wouldn’t want to miss the band’s pregame or halftime performance.

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14 Karat Gold Dancers

The band isn’t the only one who will entertain you with their routines, the 14 Karat Gold Dancers also put on quite the show. You won’t want to miss these talented dancers, so don’t leave your seat when you see them take the stage.

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Wil D Cat

Keep an eye out for Bethune-Cookman’s mascot Wil D Cat at the game. Wil D Cat gets into all kinds of antics throughout the game and is a fun part of any BCU football game.

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Cheer along with the cheerleaders at the game. The cheerleaders do a fantastic job of riling up the crowd, so join in their cheers and give the Wildcats as much of a home field advantage as possible.

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Fight Songs

  1. Bethune-Cookman Alma Mater

    Dear Alma Mater, thou beloved,
    We pledge our lives to thee,
    Thou art results of toil and pain
    And tears come in a stream;
    Dear Alma Mater, thou art all
    And all the world to me –
    Thou’rt the answered prayer of a dream.
    Oh, God, protect dear B.C.C.
    Crown her with love and cheer;
    We’ll ever sing thy praise to Thee,
    It makes us strong and bold.
    All hail to thee dear B.C.C.
    All hail to thee, all hail!
    Hail thee, Maroon and Gold.

  2. Let’s Go Wildcats

  3. Hail Wildcats

    Hail Wildcats (echo),
    Hail Wildcats (echo),
    Hail Wildcats (echo),
    Hail (insert opposing team’s name); Hell No!

Bethune–Cookman Wildcats Bars & Restaurants

  1. Island Girl Downtown


    Sophisticated nightspot featuring a wide selection of cigars, craft beer, wine & live-music nights.

    11 Ocean St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Don Vito’s Italian Restaurant

    Bellas Pizza of Bristol Pizza Don Vitos Italian Restaurant Pizza Chiefs Place PIzza Pizza Patriot Pub & Grub Pizza Robertos Pizza Ranias Restaurant Pizza The Prescott Pizza Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille Pauls Deli Restaurant Wildcat Angelas Ristorante Pizzeria

    Don Vito's serves up Daytona's finest Italian fare with exciting dishes and unique ambiance.

    137 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA

    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$

  3. Hampton’s Restaurant

    fried chicken

    Try some of Our World's Best Chicken. We don't say it, Our Customers do.

    1116 Mason Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32117, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Stavro’s Pizza House

    Pasquales PIzza Pizza Stavros Pizza House Pizza Woodys Country House Pizza

    Daily fresh dough oven-baked pizza with Stavro's selected tomato sauce, cheese and toppings.

    262 S Beach St, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  5. Tijuana Flats

    Tijuana Flats Tacos

    The "Anything Goes" approach to food, wall art, hot sauce & life in general.

    2280 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $

  6. Chart House

    Chart House Seafood

    A beloved vacation spot, Chart House serves a number of seafood specialties that offer creative twists on old favorites, as well as seasonal preparations, featuring local ingredients.

    1100 Marina Point Dr, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$

  7. The Cellar Restaurant

    The Cellar Restaurant Fine Dining

    The Cellar Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant focused on Classical Italian cuisine paired with a well balanced and extensive selection of wines.

    220 Magnolia Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA


    Bar website

    european - italian - $$$

  8. Main Street Station

    bar drink

    Main Street Station features two full, open-air bars, ample and visible bike and car parking, nightly specials, live music, dancing, pool tables!

    316 Main St, Daytona Beach, FL 32118, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club

    Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club Whiskey

    Serious food in a relaxed atmosphere - with a beach view!

    127 S Ocean Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Mai Tai Bar

    Mai Tai Bar Cocktail

    The Mai Tai Bar features one of Florida's best happy hours and the coolest live music on the coast. The Mai Tai Rumble is on!

    250 N Atlantic Ave #130, Daytona Beach, FL 32118, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Sunsetters Riverfront Bar & Grill

    Sunsetters Riverfront Bar & Grill Salad Margarita

    "t’s a fun place to eat, love the food and the beautiful views, and now great service, too!"

    JC\'s River Deck, 115 Main St, Daytona Beach, FL 32118, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Caribbean Jack’s Restaurant and Bar

    Caribbean Jacks Restaurant and Bar Calamari

    It's the perfect place to dock your boat while you relax at Caribbean Jack's.

    721 Ballough Rd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. Halftime Sports Pub

    Hoops Food and Spirits Cocktails Stringtown Bar and Grill Cocktails Halftime Sports Pub Cocktails Irish Mikes Old Town Pub Cocktails Aggie's Sports Bar Cocktails JAMZ Bar and Grill Cocktails

    If you like to drink cold beer, good drinks, play pool or darts, come see us!

    2525 W International Speedway Blvd #180, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  14. The WingHouse of Daytona Speedway

    The WingHouse of Daytona Speedway Buffalo Wings Burger

    Friendly, attractive and smiling service, oversized portions of delicious food at a great price, and the ideal place to enjoy being a sports fan.

    2721 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  15. TJ’s Fish & Chicken

    TJs Fish & Chicken Chicken Tenders

    A friendly family restaurant that serves great food.

    800 Lewis Dr, Daytona Beach, FL 32117, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  16. South Turn Lounge & Restaurant

    Backyard Grill Beer Turfway Bar & Grill Beer The WingHouse of Daytona Speedway Beer The Golden Fleece Tavern Beer Darcys Restaurant & Bar Beer Hammers Sports Bar & Grill Beer MVPs sports Bar and Grille Beer Mtn Jax Beer Keg South of Homestead Beer Purple Turtle Beer The End Zone Pub Beer Gallaghers Bar and Lounge Beer

    Excellent wings, nice atmosphere, and good service.

    1540 S Nova Rd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  17. Dos Gatos

    Dos Gatos

    Jacksonville’s original cocktail lounge.

    123 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  18. Engine 15 Brewing

    Engine 15 beer

    One of the best sources of cold and great-tasting beer.

    1500 Beach Blvd #217, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  19. Intuition Ale Works

    Intuition Ale Works beer

    All drinks are expertly crafted by Intuition Ale Works that assures the best tasting beers for you.

    929 E Bay St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  20. That Bar at the Arena

    Jacksonville Sports Tavern beer

    One of the best hang out spots in Jacksonville because of their pool table and great selection of beers.

    234 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  21. Tailgate Bar & Grill

    beer bottles

    Great friends, Great drinks, Great atmosphere, Great game day!

    441 Haines St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  22. Jax Touchdown Grill

    Luigis fries

    Luigi’s Touchdown Grill stands out for its unique recipe of football, fresh food, and cold beer.

    1803 E Duval St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  23. Chart House

    Chart House

    An amazing restaurant that serves seafood & steak.

    1501 Riverplace Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  24. MOJO Bar-B-Que

    Mojo Q

    Casual chain for Southern fare serving Texas-style favorites.

    1607 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL 32207, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  25. Russ Doe’s Sandwich Shop

    Sundowners Family Restaurant Sandwich

    Simple yet absolutely filling

    1745 E Church St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $