1. Falcon Screech
The traditional and favorite chant during the game from the Bowling Green fans is the Falcon Screech. Anytime the Falcons pick up a first down the public address announcer calls out FOR ANOTHER FALCONS FIRST DOWN, followed by a loud Falcons screech that shakes the opponents.
2. Ay Ziggy Zoomba
Ay Ziggy Zoomba is Bowling Green’s unofficial fight song. Gilbert Fox, an Air Force bombardier in World War II, brought a loose translation of a Zulu war chant back with him, and since its introduction in 1946 to a campus spirit assembly, it has kept its place in BGSU history. The Falcon football team traditionally sings “Ay Ziggy Zoomba” after each victory making it a big part of the Bowling Green game day experience.
3. Falcon Team Walk
At Bowling Green, you’ll also be able to take part in exciting pre-game traditions like the Falcon Team Walk. The walk takes place a couple of hours before the game and gives fans the chance to see the band, cheerleaders, and team up close before the game. Make your way to sidewalk between the Stroh Center and Doyt Perry Stadium to take part in this fun tradition.
4. Battle of I-75
The annual rivalry between the Falcons and the Toledo Rockets dates back to 1980 when the Falcons took down the Rockets 17-6. The rivalry has been played every year since then with the winner taking home the Peace Pipe Trophy initially and now the Battle of I-75 Trophy. These two Ohio-based universities are only 25 miles apart, so there are plenty of fans from both sides when these two meet creating a tense and fun game day atmosphere.
5. Falcon Marching Band
One of the best parts of taking in a Bowling Green game is the band. The band is very active throughout the game, playing a blast or clip from a song after almost every play. The input from the band helps to drive home the small school atmosphere and keeps the fans amped up and involved in the game.
6. Falcon Football Tailgate Park
The Falcon Football Tailgate Park offers a variety of games and activities for the whole family including inflatables and much more. If you’re bringing your family to the game, then this is a great place to stop by and hang out before entering the stadium for any exciting day of football.
7. Freddie and Frieda
These two falcon mascots can be seen entertaining the crowd on the sidelines of every Bowling Green football game. One of the more unique traditions involving this pair of mascots is that they throw bubble gum, so keep your eyes peeled for them so you can snag a piece.
8. Anniversary Award
Bowling Green competes with Kent State for the Anniversary Award. The rivalry began in 1985 with the Falcons securing victory over the Golden Flashes 26-14. Since then the Falcons have held the upper hand in the series winning 23 of the 30 meetings. While these matchups have been lopsided on the field in the stands, you’ll find lots of fans from both teams make the trip across the state when these two bitter rivals get together.
9. Alumni Association Tailgates
If you’re alumni or are attending the game with alumni than the Alumni Association Tailgates, offer an excellent place to tailgate before the game. $10 will allow you eat to your heart’s content without having to worry about setting up a tailgate of your own, which is perfect for those traveling to the game from far away.
10. Falcon Team Store Tent
Located in the south end zone, the team store tent is the perfect place to grab some Bowling Green gear. Whether you’re looking for something to wear to the game or a souvenir you’ll find what you’re looking for here.