Central Michigan Chippewas Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Tony Barbee

Team Mascot: Rowdie

Year Opened: 1973

Capacity: 5300

City / State: Mount Pleasant / Michigan

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Michigan MAC Trophy

Rival Team: Eastern Michigan Eagles, Western Michigan Broncos

The Michigan MAC Trophy is awarded to the winner of the three-way rivalry between Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, and Western Michigan. The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame created the trophy in 2005, and it gives extra bragging rights to whoever wins the season series between these three in-state rivals. There is no better time to attend a Chippewas basketball game then when either Eastern or Western Michigan come to town.

Central Michigan Chippewas Stadium Guide

In Game

Central Michigan is home to a college hoops experience that any MAC basketball fan would enjoy. You’ll find lots of pageantry and tradition on display at McGuirk Arena as a Chippewas basketball game features everything you would want in a college hoops contest. The student section, known as the Rose Rowdies, create a fun atmosphere and aren’t afraid to get after both opponents and referees. The pep band, cheerleaders, and mascot all put on excellent performances that add to the entertainment as well.

McGuirk Arena also features numerous tributes to Chippewas greats of the past, including a new interactive Central Michigan Athletics Hall of Fame. Inside the arena, you’ll also be able to take in various banners honoring the best basketball players and teams in Chips history as well. One unique feature of McGuirk Arena is the fact it’s home to a bust of legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg, who is a Central Michigan alum. The bust is a must-see for any sports fan, so make sure to check it out during your visit.

Additionally, the fact you’ll be able to find plenty of places to hang out before or after the game goes a long way in making a trip to Mt. Pleasant a pleasing experience. There are several bars and restaurants nearby including O’Kelly’s and La Senorita, so you won’t have to worry about being famished when attending a Chippewas basketball game.

A Central Michigan basketball game offers you everything you’re looking for in a college hoops road trip and then some. Don’t hesitate to plan your trip to Mt. Pleasant today as you won’t want to miss your chance to see the Chips play.

Things to check out

Dick Enberg Bust

Legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg is one of the most famous Central Michigan alumni, and as a result, you can find a bust of him when you enter McGuirk Arena. The bust is a must-see for any sports fan, so make sure to check it out.

Central Michigan Athletics Hall of Fame

McGuirk Arena is home to an interactive hall of fame that pays tribute to all of the best athletes in Central Michigan history. Stop by the hall of fame and learn more about the Chippewas athletic excellence.


Take in the banners hanging above the court that honor all of the best players and teams in Chippewas basketball history. The banners honor greats such as Dan Majerle and the Chips’ 1975 Sweet Sixteen team.

Toilet Paper

Before 1988, Chippewas fans used to celebrate the first Central Michigan basket by throwing toilet paper. Unfortunately, the tradition was banned by the NCAA, but it’s still one of the more unique traditions in college hoops history.


Rowdie is the official mascot of McGuirk Arena and Central Michigan hoops. You can spot Rowdie all around the arena on game days, and you never know what he’ll do next, so keep an eye out for him when attending a Chippewas basketball game.

Rose Rowdies

The Rose Rowdies are the wildest and craziest fans at any Chippewas basketball game. The students go all out to support their team and provide the majority of the atmosphere inside McGuirk Arena making them one of the best parts of any Central Michigan basketball game.

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Pep Band

Central Michigan is home to one of the best marching bands in the MAC, and their pep band is pretty good too. The band performs a variety of Chips favorites including “The Fighting Chippewa” fight song, so enjoy their performance throughout the game.

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The Central Michigan cheerleaders are an active part of any game and keep everyone in attendance involved in the game, so join in their cheers to give the Chippewas as much of a home court advantage as possible.

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Fight Songs

  1. Fire Up Chips!

    The hallmark “Fire Up Chips!” greeting is used as a way of cheering, identifying fellow fans, greeting people, and is the phrase the fans will be cheering in the dying seconds of the game. Fire Up Chips is simply a way to distinguish yourself as one of the fans of the Chippewas, and the experience will be more memorable if you participate in this simple gesture.

    Fire Up Chips!

  2. Chanting the Team Name

    The chanting of Chippewas to start the game is a time-honored tradition at Central Michigan games. Once the pre-game entrance begins, the whole crowd, in unison, starts to chant OO-WAH...CHIP-OO-WAH and repeat until the game has almost begun. Make yourself a part of the crowd by joining in on this fun pregame tradition.




  3. The Fighting Chippewa

    The official school fight song

    FIGHT, Central down the field, FIGHT for victory, FIGHT, fellows never yield; We’re with you, oh varsity.
    Onward with banners bold, to our colors we’ll be true, FIGHT for Maroon and Gold, Down the field for C. M. U.
    Varsity! Rah! Rah! Victory! Rah! Rah!
    CHIPPEWA, we’re proud of that nickname.
    Hear our song loud and strong,
    CENTRAL is going to win this game!
    Come on and … (Repeat thru “C. M. U.”)

  4. Alma Mater..Hear Us Now

    Alma Mater, hear us now; Ever more we praise thee.
    Hear us pledge our sacred vow ever to defend thee.
    Mighty Mother, Queen of Earth eternal, precious emblem of our lives Supreme; Ever symbolizing truth and knowledge in glorified esteem.
    Alma Mater, hear us now; Ever more we praise thee.
    Hear us pledge our sacred vow ever to defend thee.

Central Michigan Chippewas Bars & Restaurants

  1. Green Spot Pub

    Green Spot Pub

    Definitely your go-to place for great drinks and really good food!

    808 N Mission St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Rubbles


    Rubble's Bar - The strongest drinks in town, and the premier place for live music in Mt. Pleasant! Never ask for a double...they already are!

    112 W Michigan St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Blackstone Bar

    Blackstone Bar

    Showing Mount Pleasant a great time since 1933.

    212 W Michigan St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Marty’s Bar

    Martys Bar

    The kitchen is open from noon until 10pm. Any fan of steak should definitely come check out our unbeatable New York Strip steak dinner special.

    123 S Main St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $

  5. Hunter’s Ale House

    Hunters Ale House beer

    With a wide variety of food and drink options, Hunter's Ale House is bound to have something for everyone, including our very own Hunter's Handmade Brewery beers!

    4855 E Blue Grass Rd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  6. O’Kelly’s Sports Bar

    Okellys Sports Bar Grill

    A sports bar that has big screen TV's, perfect for watching your favourite football game, cool drinks and super delicious food!

    2000 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  7. Blue Gator Sports Pub

    Blue Gator Sports Pub Grill

    The Blue Gator features over 99 different types of craft beer (15 of which are on draft), a full menu with a cajun twist and 18 HD Tv's making it the perfect spot to catch a game.

    106 Court St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  8. The Bird Bar and Grill

    The Bird Bar and Grill beer

    Excellent service, great food, and super cool drinks!

    223 S Main St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Dog Central

    Dog Central fries

    Dog Central specializes in hot dogs with a huge variety of toppings with everything from ketchup to mac n' cheese...and maybe a few things you've never thought of!

    111 E Michigan St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Stanley’s Famous Restaurant

    Stanleys Famous Restaurant

    Offering American Style Good Food served with a smile.

    220 E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $

  11. Pisanello’s Pizza

    Pisanellos Pizza

    If you want pizza that's just so good, this is your place!

    110 N Main St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  12. Jet’s Pizza of Mt Pleasant

    Jets Pizza of Mt Pleasant

    Jet’s offers more than famous deep dish pizza, like delicious fresh salads, breads, a dessert, hand-tossed and thin crust pizza, a gluten-free option and one-of-a-kind Jetzee sandwiches.

    2308 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  13. Midori Sushi and Asian Lounge

    Midori Sushi and Asian Lounge

    Midori, the Japanese word for green, reflects our commitment to using the freshest ingredients.

    105 E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$

  14. Max and Emily’s

    Max and Emilys Eatery

    The best place for lunch in Mount Pleasant.

    125 E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  15. The Brass Cafe and Saloon

    The Brass Cafe and Saloon

    We are The Brass Cafe: family owned, locally focused, and passionate about providing food and drink that is exciting to the palate, entertaining to the eyes, and warming to the heart.

    128 S Main St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $$

  16. Mountain Town Brewing and Steakhouse

    Mountain Town Brewing and Steakhouse

    A family-owned community focused restaurant with original recipes and a full service menu, hand crafted beer brewed onsite, and excellent customer service.

    506 W Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$