In Game

Enjoy the fall foliage and beautiful fall weather of Central New York when taking in a Colgate football game. Here in Hamilton, New York, you’ll find a beautiful picturesque setting that creates a fun small school football experience that college football fans will enjoy.

In addition to the beauty of Hamilton, you’ll also encounter a friendly crowd when attending a Raiders game. Colgate fans are happy to swap stories and make conversation with those around them even if they support the visiting team. Don’t take the fan’s friendliness for lack of passion though as Colgate fans are behind their team all the way, and get especially loud when the Raiders are taking on rivals Cornell.

A Colgate football game provides a quaint and friendly atmosphere making a trip to Hamilton an enjoyable time for any FCS football fan.

Things to check out

Colgate Pep Band

The Colgate Pep Band provides a fun atmosphere at Raiders football games. The band plays throughout the game and does an excellent job of rousing the crowd with their tunes, so enjoy their performance throughout the game.

Raider Mascot

Look for Colgate’s mascot throughout the game. He gets into all kinds of antics and is beloved by kids and adults alike making him a must-see part of any game.

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Cheerleaders

Show your support for the Raiders by joining the cheerleaders as they cheer the football team onto victory. The cheerleaders pump up the crowd throughout the game giving the Raiders an incredible home field advantage.

Fight Songs

  1. Fight, Fight, Fight

    Hark the strains of martial music ringing,
    Sound of voices raised in joyous singing,
    Colors proudly waving to the sky;
    A host is drawing nigh, Just watch them,
    They march and sing along a triumph song;
    And this is what they sing.

    (Chorus)
    Fight, fight, fight for dear old Colgate!
    With Heart and hand now we’ll win for thee!
    Oh, we will fight, fight, fight for Alma Mater,
    On to victory we’re marching!
    Foes shall bend their knee before us,
    And pay their homage to pow’r so great,
    So let us send out a cheer, and banish all fear,
    While we are fighting hard for old Colgate.

    (Repeat Chorus)

  2. 1819

    Long ago, in the valley of Chenango, gathered thirteen.
    Funds were low, but abundant was their pluck, in eighteen-nineteen.
    Thirteen prayers were said with rapt devotion,
    Thirteen dollars set the thing in motion,
    Thus began old Colgate University in eighteen-nineteen.

    Live true to the memory of those thirteen men of yore.
    Whose faith made tradition that shall live for evermore.
    Whose deeds give us courage to strive as they strove then.
    ‘Tis the spirit that is Colgate, dear mother of men.

    Up the hill, with profound determination, journeyed thirteen.
    Ring of ax rent the silence of the woods in eighteen-nineteen.
    Forest monarchs bowed to form a clearing,
    Hymns triumphant blended with the cheering.
    Thus began old Colgate University in eighteen-nineteen.

    Live true to the memory of those thirteen men of yore.
    Whose faith made tradition that shall live for evermore.
    Whose deeds give us courage to strive as they strove then.
    ‘Tis the spirit that is Colgate, dear mother of men.

  3. Evening Song

    Softly the shadows,’neath the willows creep.
    Softly the moonlight, falls on thy sleep.
    Tender thee as a tide,
    Murmurs in the summer scene.
    We sing thy songs to thee.
    Alma Mater, lovely in thy rest.
    Pray o’re the campus,
    We love the best.
    Guarding our memories,
    Rises up thy moonlit steep.
    Sing, Alma Mater sleep.

  4. Twilight Song

    Alma Mater, shadows falling,
    Turn our thoughts to thee.
    And we lingering in the twilight,
    Praise thee reverently.
    For we owe to thee dear mother,
    Happiest college days.
    When preparing for life’s struggle,
    Thou didst guide our ways.

    Ooooo-oooooooooo

    Give us loyal hearts and courage,
    Ever true to be.
    That our deeds through all our days,
    May honor bring to thee.

  5. Colgate Hymn

    Alma Mater, mother dear,
    Reverently we raise.
    To the guardian of our youth,
    Grateful hymns of praise.
    Robed in honor, crowned with light.
    Radiant dost thou stand.
    And thy love in every heart,
    Rules with sweet command.

    Alma Mater, mother true!
    Loyal sons would we,
    Strong in heart, with ready hand,
    Give our lives to thee.
    Noble, fair and wise art thou,
    And thine influence pure.
    With the grandeur of thy hills,
    Ever shall endure.

  6. Colgate, Alma Mater

    When through thy valley,
    Fair Chenango twilight falls,
    Bringing its silence
    To our college halls;
    In that happy moment,
    Love for Alma Mater swells,
    And the heart outpouring,
    Of her glory tells:

    Chorus:
    Colgate, Alma Mater,
    Fairest theme of all our lays!
    Colgate! Alma Mater,
    Ever blest, thy days.

    Far from thy valley,
    Yearly rove thy loving sons,
    Yet, in their dreaming,
    E’er thy name returns;
    ‘Tis the same fond spirit
    Which the mem’ry lingers o’er
    And our lips but echo
    That old song of yore:

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