Brown Bears Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: James Perry

Team Mascot: Bruno

Year Opened: 1925

Capacity: 20000

City / State: Providence / Rhode Island

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Brown vs Princeton

Rival Team: Princeton Tigers

The Brown-Princeton rivalry began in 1898, and it has been going strong ever since. You won’t want to miss it when these Ivy League rivals square off, so make sure to be in attendance when the Tigers come to town.

Governor’s Cup

Rival Team: Rhode Island Rams

The winner of the annual rivalry game between Brown and Rhode Island takes home the Governor’s Cup. The rivalry between these two Rhode Island-based schools dates back to 1909 and has been played just about every year since then. Brown leads the all-time series 72-27-2, so come on out and cheer on the Bears as they look to extend their lead.

Brown vs Dartmouth

Rival Team: Dartmouth Big Green

The longtime Ivy League rivals have squared off many times over the years and starting in 2018 the two teams will play their last game of the season against each other. Don’t miss the Bears final game of the season against Dartmouth as it’s your last chance to see the current Bears team play live.

Brown vs Penn

Rival Team: Penn Quakers

The rivalry between Brown and Penn began in 1895, and since then the two teams have played 85 times. The Quakers lead the all-time series 59-24-2, but the Bears will do their best to try and narrow the gap the next time these two rivals meet.

Brown Bears Tailgate Guide


Brown presents a relaxed tailgate atmosphere making it the perfect place to enjoy a beautiful fall Saturday. You’ll see lots of fans grilling out outside the stadium, so break out the grill and join in the fun of tailgating before a Brown Bears football game.

Don’t hesitate to start up a conversation with the fans tailgating near you as Brown fans are very friendly and welcoming. Bring something to share with your fellow tailgaters, and you’ll make friends quickly at Brown where tailgating has a more relaxed feel.

The relaxed feeling and friendly fans make tailgating at Brown a fun way to kick off a Bears game day, so get here early and enjoy all the pre-game action outside the stadium.

Where to tailgate

Brown Bears Stadium Guide

In Game

Brown Stadium is a great place to spend some time on a Saturday in the fall. Here you’ll find a fun college football atmosphere and see lots beautiful fall foliage all around you. The view from the stands here is gorgeous creating a memorable experience for anyone who loves college football or fall weather.

In addition to the beautiful setting, you’ll also get to experience a relaxed atmosphere filled with friendly yet passionate fans. Brown fans are happy to talk ball, and you should have no problem making friend with the people sitting around you.

Finally, make sure to enjoy the pageantry that accompanies a Brown football game. The ringing of the bell after every Brown score, the Brown University Band, and Bruno are all significant parts of the game helping create a big time college football feel.

You’ll have a good time taking in a Brown Bears football game, so get your tickets today.

Things to check out

Old Bell

Listen for the old bell that is rung after every Brown score. The ringing of the bell is a fun tradition and a great way to celebrate Bears scores making it one of the most memorable parts of your visit to Brown.


Bruno the Brown mascot was originally a live bear. However, since the 1960s the school has had a costumed version that appears at Brown athletic events. The lovable mascot can be seen at Brown basketball games, so keep an eye open for him during your trip to Brown Stadium.

Brown University Band

The Brown University Band creates excitement in the stands throughout the game. You also won’t want to miss the scramble band’s humorous halftime show, which will keep you entertained during the break. Enjoy the band as they’re a big part of any Brown football game.

play Watch video


Join the cheerleaders’ chants to help pump up the Bears. The cheerleaders do a fantastic job of pumping up the crowd and create a fun collegiate feel at every Brown football game.

Fight Songs

  1. “Brown University Alma Mater”

    Alma Mater! we hail thee with loyal devotion,
    And bring to thine altar our off’ring of praise;
    Our hearts swell within us, with joyful emotion,
    As the name of Old Brown in loud chorus we raise.
    The happiest moments of youth’s fleeting hours,
    We’ve passed, ’neath the shade of these time-honored walls,
    And sorrows as transient as April’s brief showers
    Have clouded our life in Brunonia’s halls.

    And when we depart from thy friendly protection,
    And boldly launch out upon life’s stormy main,
    We’ll oft look behind us, with grateful affection,
    And live our bright college days over again.
    When from youth we have journeyed to manhood’s high station,
    And hopeful young scions around us have grown,
    We’ll send them, with love and deep veneration,
    As pilgrims devout, to the shrine of Old Brown.

    And when life’s golden autumn with winter is blending,
    And brows, now so radiant, are furrowed by care;
    When the blightings of age on our heads are descending.
    With no early friends all our sorrows to share; –
    Oh! then, as in memory backward we wander,
    And roam the long vista of past years adown,
    On the scenes of our student life often we’ll ponder,
    And smile, as we murmur the name of Old Brown.

  2. “Ever True to Brown”

    We are ever true to Brown,
    For we love our college dear,
    And wherever we may go,
    We are ready with a beer,
    And the people always say,
    That you can’t out drink Brown men (and women!)
    With a scotch and rye and a whiskey dry,
    And a B-O-U-R-B-O-N.

    (SING LOUDLY the 2nd VERSE)

    (Repeat 2nd verse Playing)

  3. “Brown Cheering Song”

    When Brunonia’s Big Brown Team is in the game,
    And the whole line is fighting to guard her name,
    And the Bear growls like thunder as the backs crash by,
    There’s a killing on the Old Hill tonight.

    Brunonia’s banners are waving in triumph on the hill,
    Brunonia’s cohorts are cheering for the bear has made its kill,
    CHEER (Rah! Rah!)
    This day is Brown’s, Brown’s forever,
    let the vanquished count the cost,
    So rise, rise and cheer, boys,
    till the last white line is crossed.

  4. “Brown Forevermore”

    Our boys are out there fighting,
    Like they’ve never fought before.
    They’re crashing and they’re smashing
    To roll up a glorious score.
    Let’s give our ev’ry effort
    And we’ll help them go to town.
    And we will all be happy
    With a victory for Brown.

    (Sing 2nd Verse – Then Band Repeats Verse)
    Let’s give a cheer for dear old Brown,
    and her team of valiant men,
    We’ll raise our voices to the sky,
    for we will win again,
    We’ll back our team with all our might,
    just to raise a winning score,
    Because it’s fight, fight for Brown boys,
    and for Brown forevermore.

  5. “I’m a Brown Man Born”

    Here’s to good old Brown, drink her down, drink her down.
    Here’s to good old Brown, drink her down, drink her down.
    Here’s to good old Brown, she’s the jolliest place in town,
    Drink her down, drink her down, drink her down, down, down.

    I’m a Brown man born, and a Brown man bred,
    And when I die, I’ll be a Brown man dead.
    For it’s rah, rah, Bruno-nonia, rah, rah, Bruno-nonia,
    Rah, rah, Bruno-nonia, Brown Brown Brown.

    Oh, we beat Harvard and we beat Yale,
    And we tied a knot in the Tiger’s tail.
    For it’s rah, rah, Bruno-nonia, rah, rah, Bruno-nonia,
    Rah, rah, Bruno-nonia, Brown Brown Brown.

    Oh, we beat Dartmouth and we beat Penn,
    But that was back in 1910!
    For it’s rah, rah, Bruno-nonia, rah, rah, Bruno-nonia,
    Rah, rah, Bruno-nonia, Brown Brown Brown.

  6. “KI-YI-YI”

    Ki-Yi-Yi! Come and give a good and lusty
    Ki-Yi-Yi! For our team so tried and trusty,
    Ki-Yi-Yi, boys, come now,
    Give them a good and snappy Ki-Yi-Yi!


    (Repeat TWICE – Playing FASTER)

  7. “Brown Bear”

    I hear a cheer ringing loud and clear,
    It brings me back to town;
    It comes from men who are shouting again
    The name of dear old Brown;
    See how they tear through the line,
    That raging Brown Bear varsity;
    You can bet all you got
    That we’re taking a shot
    At another big victory.
    Plunge through that hole!
    Give us a goal!
    Let’s go, Brown Bear, let’s go, wow!

    Brown Bear, we hear you growling,
    Go at them now and bite and scratch and hug!
    In all your victories, we’ll be rejoicing,
    And in defeat we’ll still be backing you the same as ever;
    In after years the yearning, to be returning,
    Just to boost that Bruno series gets us going,
    Our hearts o’erflowing
    To cheer once more as before for dear old Brown!

  8. “Bring the Victory to Brown”

    Keep a-cheering for Brunonia!
    And her mighty team today;
    Stand behind the boys who fight for you!
    Ev’ry man must back the play;
    Bend your might to win the fight
    And beat the vanquished down;
    So give a cheer, cheer, cheer for Bruno’s team,
    And bring the vict’ry home,
    And bring the vict’ry home,
    And bring the vict’ry home to Brown!

  9. “Brunonia (As We Go Marching)”

Brown Bears Bars & Restaurants

  1. Mills Tavern

    Mills Tavern

    Mill’s Tavern offers an exceptional dining experience from start to finish.

    101 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$

  2. Ladder 133 Sports Bar & Grill

    Ladder 133

    Sports on lots of TVs with DJs, dancing, trivia nights, food, beer & drinks in a 1902 fire station.

    133 Douglas Ave, Providence, RI 02908, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  3. Captain Seaweed’s Pub

    Captain Seaweeds Pub

    Neighborhood pub serving drafts & mixed drinks in relaxed digs with a patio sporting quirky decor.

    162 Ives St, Providence, RI 02906, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  4. Mcbride’s Pub

    Beer tap

    Family-owned Irish-inspired haunt with burgers & other bar staples, plus patio seating & live music.

    161 Wayland Ave, Providence, RI 02906, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Wild Colonial Tavern

    Wild Colonial

    Classic Irish pub with a decor of aged wood & bare bricks serving bar bites, beer & Irish whiskey.

    250 S Water St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. The Eddy

    Cocktails Limelight

    Stylish, dimly lit cocktail bar serving classic & creative concoctions along with unique snacks.

    95 Eddy St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Parkside Rotisserie & Bar

    Parkside Rotisserie and Bar

    Rotisserie birds & bistro staples, plus a long wine list & cocktails, in a cozy, chic setting.

    76 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$$

  8. Flatbread Company

    Pizza Palermo Subs Missys Village

    Wood-fired pizzas with organic ingredients & free-range meats, made in traditional clay ovens.

    161 Cushing St, Providence, RI 02906, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  9. Harry’s Bar & Burger

    Taphouse burger Riverfront Bar Grill

    Modern choice for fresh-ground sliders with all the trimmings, 50+ craft brews & alcoholic shakes.

    121 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Ten Prime Steak & Sushi

    Prime Steak

    Designer rolls & aged meats are the draw at this swank fixture, with a raw bar & happy-hour menu.

    55 Pine St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$

  11. Louis Family Restaurant


    A decades-old no-frills diner serving all-day breakfast & comfort food to college students & locals.

    286 Brook St, Providence, RI 02906, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  12. Andreas

    Greek food

    Diners come for traditional Greek recipes for lunch, dinner & late-night dining in cozy environs.

    268 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906, USA

    Bar website

    european - $$

  13. Mills Tavern

    Mill’s Tavern offers an exceptional dining experience from start to finish.

    101 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. Circe


    Everything's so perfect that you'd look for nothing more.

    50 Weybosset St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$$