Elon Phoenix Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Tony Trisciani

Team Mascot: The Phoenix

Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 11250

City / State: Elon / North Carolina

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Colonial Athletic Association Competition

Rival Team:

Elon joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 2014 and are yet to establish any firm rivalries in the conference. However, you won’t want to miss the Phoenix develop them over the next few years, so don’t miss conference play this season.

Elon Phoenix Tailgate Guide


Phoenix fans love to tailgate making tailgating a big part of attending an Elon football game. Fans here arrive bright and early to get their game day kicked off in the right way. You’ll see fans setting up grills, tents, generators, TVs, and much more hours before the game as everyone here goes all out to throw incredible tailgate parties.

Like mentioned, tailgating isn’t taken lightly here at Elon, meaning you’ll want to come prepared ready to enjoy plenty of delicious food including Carolina barbecue. The fans here put on quite the spread and are mighty friendly, so bring something to share, and you’ll make new friends quickly when tailgating before a Phoenix game.

Additionally, you’ll find lots of school pride on display before the game. Everywhere you look, you’ll see fans in Elon gear creating a festive atmosphere. You also won’t want to miss the team walk before the game, which gives you the opportunity to see your favorite players up close as they make their way into the stadium.

Elon is home to a thriving tailgating scene filled with delicious food, friendly fans, and lots of school spirit, so plan your trip to Elon today.


Team Walk

Give the football team some last minute support as they make their way to Rhodes Stadium through the tailgate accompanied by the cheerleaders. The team walk is a must-see for Elon fans and an excellent way to get into the Phoenix game day spirit.

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Live Music

Elon tailgates typically feature live music, so make your way to the stage and enjoy the show. There are few better ways to spend a morning than listening to live music and getting revved up to cheer on Elon.

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Where to tailgate

Elon Phoenix Stadium Guide

In Game

Rhodes Stadium is a gorgeous place to take in a game during the fall, which alone makes the trip to Elon worth your while. The stadium is located on the beautiful Elon campus and blends in well with their surroundings creating a picturesque game day environment. All around you, you’ll see beautiful architecture and fall foliage making Elon one of the more scenic destinations in the FCS.

When attending an Elon game, you’ll also be accompanied by some of the friendliest fans in college football. Elon fans are extremely friendly and are more than happy to talk ball with visiting fans. Don’t misinterpret their friendliness for a lack of passion for their team though, as Elon fans are among some of the most diehard out there. The stands inside Rhodes Stadium are a sea of maroon and gold creating a fun and festive in-game atmosphere.

Finally, make sure to enjoy the pageantry on display at an Elon football game. The team’s entrance kicks things off when the team runs down the hill into the field of play. After that, you’ll experience a full borage of marching band performances, cheerleaders, dance teams, and mascots. All of which makes attending a Phoenix football game a memorable experience.

You’ll have a great time taking in a Phoenix football game, so get your tickets to an Elon football game today.

Things to check out

Team Entrance

Before the game, the team gathers at the top of the hill in the end zone and rubs the Phoenix statue before entering the field of play. The entrance is similar to the one done at Clemson and is a can’t-miss part of every Elon football game. Get to your seat early, so you don’t miss this spectacular display.

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Check out the banners celebrating Elon’s 1980 and 1981 NAIA national championships as well as the school’s retired numbers. The banners are must-sees for any longtime Phoenix fan, so take a minute to see them all.

Phoenix Phun Hill

Those of you taking the kids to the game will want to stop by the Phoenix Phun Hill. The Phoenix Phun Hill features inflatables and other kids activities making it the perfect place to take restless kids during the game.

Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band

Enjoy the performance of the Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band before, during, and after the game. The pregame, halftime, and postgame shows are all must-sees, and the in-game atmosphere provided by the band is also fantastic.

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Phoenix Mascot

Don’t miss the Phoenix mascot during your trip to Rhodes Stadium. The mascot interacts with fans young and old throughout the game making him a fun part of any Elon football game.

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Elon Cheer and Dance Teams

The Elon Cheer and Dance Teams put on an incredible performance at Phoenix football games. The cheer team pumps up the crowd with their cheers and chants, while the dance team will dazzle you with their fantastic routines.

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Fight Songs

  1. Elon Fight Song

    So here’s to dear old Elon
    Faithful and bold.
    Here’s to her banner
    Of maroon and gold.
    And here’s to men and women,
    Who’ve come and gone,
    Singing the victor’s song of old Elon.

  2. The Alma Mater

    Sons of Elon, daughters too,
    Bring their praise and homage true.
    In thy keeping there will be
    Words and deeds to honor thee.
    Hearken to the song they’re singing,
    And the loyalty they’re bringing.
    Alma Mater, they will cherish thee;
    Alma Mater, they will cherish thee.

    Proud, the oak trees on thy hill
    Offer shade and shadow still
    Green the fields around thee lie;
    Blue the Carolina sky.
    Stately rise thy halls of learning,
    Toward their portals we are turning.
    Alma Mater, we will cherish thee;
    Alma Mater, we will cherish thee.

    Elon, ever lead us on
    To a bright and happy dawn;
    Teach us still to love and pray,
    Guide us to a nobler day.
    Joyous music lies before us,
    Memories to swell the chorus.
    Alma Mater, we will cherish thee;
    Alma Mater, we will cherish thee.

Elon Phoenix Bars & Restaurants

  1. Brewballs

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

    Brewballs: Burlington's home for live music for 20+ years. A friendly neighborhood bar serving modestly priced drinks.

    3730 S Church St, Burlington, NC 27215, USA

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    sportsbar - $

  2. Piedmont Ale House

    Piedmont Ale House beer

    We offer fresh quality food, craft beers and drinks in a comfortable surrounding.

    1149 St Marks Church Rd, Burlington, NC 27215, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Tickle My Ribs BBQ

    Tickle My Ribs BBQ

    All of our in-house smoked meats are flavored with our own blends of seasonings and hand crafted sauces for a real taste of what Carolina BBQ is all about.

    1183 University Dr #101, Burlington, NC 27215, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $

  4. Stokely’s BBQ & More

    Stokelys BBQ

    Stokely’s BBQ & More is a great year-round family eatery serving up fresh BBQ, Ribs and Seafood.

    320 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27215, USA

    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  5. The Mission

    The Mission

    Great atmosphere, amazing food, and good service.

    961 Burlington Ave, Gibsonville, NC 27249, USA

    Bar website

    american - mexican - $$

  6. The Fat Frogg Bar and Grill

    The Fat Frogg Bar and Grill

    Great food and drinks served by an awesome staff.

    2009 Timberline Station Dr, Elon, NC 27244, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  7. El Burrito Loco

    La Corona Taco La Chiquita Tacos Taco Corono Mexican Restaurant Tacos El Burrito Loco

    Amazingly delicious Mexican food and excellent service.

    3409 S Church St, Burlington, NC 27215, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  8. Tangent Eat+Bar

    Tangent Eat Bar

    Thoughtfully-created, flavorful, scratch-made food and drink.

    Campus Technology Support, 116 W Lebanon Ave, Elon, NC 27244, USA

    Bar website

    american - asian - $

  9. Pandora’s Pies

    Pandoras Pies

    The finest local ingredients & food in a quick and reasonable fashion.

    130 N Williamson Ave, Elon, NC 27244, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  10. The Root

    the root fries

    Fresh, flavorful food made from scratch with quality ingredients by people passionate about good cooking.

    110 W Lebanon Ave, Elon, NC 27244, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Skid’s Restaurant

    Tooties Restaurant Burger Galaxy Diner Burger Chicken Box Restaurant Burger Buddys BBQ Burger TJs Restaurant Burger Lazy Palm Sports Bar and Grill Burger Skids Iggys Sports Grill

    Excellent food menu perfect for either breakfast, lunch or dinner!

    134 W Haggard Ave, Elon, NC 27244, USA

    Bar website

    american - $