Eastern Kentucky Colonels Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Walt Wells

Team Mascot: The Colonel

Year Opened: 1969

Capacity: 20000

City / State: Richmond / Kentucky

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

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Old Hawg Rifle

Rival Team: Morehead State Eagles

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and Morehead State Eagles play for the Old Hawg Rifle when they get together. The rivalry dates back to 1924 when the Colonels defeated the Eagles 14-0 and has been one of Colonels’ biggest rivalries ever since. You won’t want to miss it when the Colonels and Eagles square off next, so make sure to get your tickets when Morehead State comes to town.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels Tailgate Guide


At Eastern Kentucky, students, alumni, and fans come out to tailgate and enjoy a full day of Colonels football. Colonels fans love tailgating, and you’ll find parking lots full of fans dressed in maroon and white tailgating before the game. Whether you like to grill out or just throw back a few drinks with friends, you’ll have a good time tailgating here at Eastern Kentucky.

There is lots of camaraderie among Colonels fans on game days and just about everyone you meet will be friendly and happy to talk ball. Don’t hesitate to start a conversation as you’ll make new friends quickly when tailgating before an Eastern Kentucky game.

Tailgating is a big part of the football culture, and as a result, you’ll have a lot of fun tailgating when taking in a Colonel’s game at Roy Kidd Stadium.


Moberly Building

The Moberly Building next to Roy Kidd Stadium is home to the football team offices as well as banners celebrating the Colonels two national championships. Stop in and see the banners before taking in a game at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Where to tailgate

Eastern Kentucky Colonels Stadium Guide

In Game

The Colonels have an extremely devoted fan base, which shows on game days as everywhere you look you’ll see fans dressed in maroon and white. The fans play an active role in Colonels games and help make attending a Colonels game a special experience. Even if you aren’t an Eastern Kentucky fan, you’ll find yourself rooting for the Colonels when attending a game at Roy Kidd Stadium.

The fans aren’t the only ones who make attending a Colonels game a memorable experience. Eastern Kentucky’s mascot The Colonel puts on a fun show throughout the game, and you won’t want to miss the performance of the band or cheerleaders either.

Additionally, you won’t want to miss seeing the cannon at Roy Kidd Stadium. The cannon is fired following Colonels scores and is a fun part of any Eastern Kentucky football game.

You’ll have a great time attending a Colonels game thanks to the great fanbase, fun spirit groups, and the cannon at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Things to check out


You can’t miss the cannon at Roy Kidd Stadium. The cannon is a must-see for any fan taking in a Colonels game and is fired off after every Eastern Kentucky score. The fans here love it when they fire it off creating an incredible buzz in the stands.

Touchdown Terrace

Those of you who want to enjoy a beer with the game will want to stop by Touchdown Terrace. Touchdown Terrace is located in the north end zone and is the only place beer is sold at Eastern Kentucky football games.

The Colonel

The Colonel is the official mascot of Eastern Kentucky and a big part of game days. He leads the crowd in a variety of cheers and gets into all kinds of antics making him a must-see part of any Eastern Kentucky football game.

Marching Colonels

The Marching Colonels put on a great show at Eastern Kentucky football games, so don’t leave your seat when you see them take the field. The band’s pregame and halftime shows are incredible, and they do an excellent job of setting the tone throughout the game.

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Enjoy the cheers and chants lead by the cheerleaders at the game. The Eastern Kentucky cheerleaders rile up the crowd with their cheers and chants, so join in and give your support to the Colonels.

Fight Songs

  1. Hail, Hail Eastern Maroons

    Hail, Hail Eastern Maroons,
    You’re the pride of dear old Alma Mater.
    Hail, Hail, Eastern Maroons,
    For thee we’ll give three rousting cheers.
    Rah, rah, rah! Hail, Hail, Eastern Maroons,
    Loyal to thee we stand,
    Ever fight for the right,
    We’ll make our school the best in the land.

  2. Yea Eastern

    Yea Eastern let’s win this fight,
    Rally Maroon and White;
    We’ve got the spirit; you’ve got the speed,
    These two with grit are all that we need;
    So carry and pass that ball;
    Show them our boys beat all;
    Show them we’re right with main and might;
    The way to win is fight, fight, fight.

  3. EKU Alma Mater

    Hail to thee our Alma Mater,
    Faithful guide of youth,
    Holding high amid the darkness
    Duty, light, and truth;
    Still above, the skies attend thee,
    Still thy stately columns stand,
    Still thy sons and daughters love thee
    Sing thy praises o’er the land.

    All the earth’s resplendent beauty
    Nature gathered here,
    Rolling lawns and trees and grasses
    On thy hillsides fair;
    Happy days within thy shadow,
    Friends and comrades we have won.
    Fill our hearts with exaltation
    For thy task so nobly done.

    When beloved Alma Mater
    Memory recalls
    Other days of youth and laughter
    In thy gracious halls;
    When thy sons and daughters scattered
    Turn again to thee,
    Still thy lamp is brightly lighting
    Us afar, that we may see.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels Bars & Restaurants

  1. Hair of the Dog House

    Criterion beer Mazzys Brewballs Cogans Deli Sports Pub Kamikazes Libbys Bar Grill Knot Pub Cara Irish Mess Hall

    Richmond's premier craft beer bar. 10 Kentucky beers on tap (rotating), plus 75-100 other cans/bottles from around the US and world!

    218 S Porter Dr, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  2. Gillum’s Sports Lounge

    Gillums Sports Lounge

    A full-service restaurant and bar in Richmond that offers a fun / family dining experience in addition to the up-scale bar/lounge atmosphere.

    830 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  3. Bluegrass Barrel House

    Mamas Country Showcase Beer 33 West Ale House and Grill Beer Tequila Hoppers Bar & Grill Beer Dee Fords West Beer Sams Hideaway Beer Augis Sports Grill Beer Tipperarys Pub Beer

    Serves cold beer, bourbon and good times!

    103 Big Hill Ave, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Third Street Tavern

    Owlz Pub Sand Trap Scorpions Bar Grill

    Where we NEVER have a cover and always have a cold beer and a bar stool waiting on you.

    206 S 3rd St, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  5. The Copper Still

    Highlands Grill The Boathouse

    Richmond's only bourbon bar, specializing in fine bourbons, including Pappy Van Winkle.

    212 W Water St, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Paddy Wagon Irish Pub

    Paddy Wagon Irish Pub

    A great pub that serves fantastic food and an extensive list of drinks!

    150 E Main St, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Wink’s Bar

    beer burger Buddys Place

    Cheap booze and great food till midnight.

    115 E Water St, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  8. Nuevo Vallarta

    Nuevo Vallarta

    Delicious authentic Mexican food and great service!

    709 Big Hill Ave, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  9. Casa Fiesta

    La Isla mexican El Toro Bar Grill

    Providing you with not only great food but a memorable dining experience.

    240 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  10. Giovanni’s Pizza

    Pizza Palermo Subs Missys Village

    Full pizza, pasta and salad buffet available all day.

    805 Eastern Bypass #1, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $

  11. Jackson’s Restaurant

    Jacksons Restaurant

    Jackson's offers a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Along with a fully stocked food bar varying every day so you'll always have a new choice of something great to eat!

    203 S 3rd St, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  12. Madison Garden Bar & Grill

    Madison Garden Bar Grill

    Famous for our chicken wings, but don't miss out on our great burgers, pastas, sandwiches, lunch, pizza and more!

    152 N Madison Ave, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. Babylon Garden

    authentic greek

    Exquisitely flavorful Greek food and good service.

    298 S 2nd St, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    european - $

  14. Sidelines Casual Dining

    T Town Wings Chicken Wings

    Nice atmosphere, delicious food, and great service.

    688 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  15. Apollo Pizza

    Pizza Ye Olde Pub

    Madison County's gathering place for handmade pizza and craft beer since 2012.

    228 S 2nd St, Richmond, KY 40475, USA

    Bar website

    american - pizza - $$