Each year the Shula Bowl is contested between Florida Atlantic and Florida International. The matchup is named after famed Dolphins head coach Don Shula because both program’s first coaches have ties to the legendary coach. These two bitter Florida rivals are located only two hours away from each other, so there are always plenty of fans of both teams at the Shula Bowl creating an intense albeit fun tailgating and in-game atmosphere. If you can only make it to one FAU game, then make sure to attend the Shula Bowl.
Owls Tailgate Guide
FAU offers fans some of the best weather in the all of the country helping to ensure that you’ll have a great time when tailgating at FAU. The tailgates consist of a combination of hard partying FAU students as well as a more relaxed group of alumni who love to cook some delicious cuisine.
The fans here at FAU take tailgating seriously particularly for a smaller school. Not only does FAU have a dedicated student tailgate area known as the Rat’s Mouth, but they also have plenty of traditions that show off their Owls pride.
You’ll have a great time partying with fellow Owls fans and taking part in FAU pregame traditions when tailgating before a game at FAU.
The Owsley statue located outside of FAU Stadium shows off the owl pride and provides a great photo op before the game. Also, make sure to rub his beak before the game to give the Owls some extra luck.
One of the best pregame traditions to experience during your trip to FAU is the Owl Rally. Taking place approximately an hour and a half before kickoff this pep rally, featuring the FAU band and spirit squad, pumps up the crowd and gets everyone worked up into the frenzy before they even enter the stadium. The show takes place outside Gates 1 and 2, so make sure to stop by and participate in this excellent game day tradition.
Another great way for you to spend your tailgate experience is by taking part in the Owl Walk. Before every game, the Owls players and coaches walk to the stadium as everyone lines their path to greet them. The Owl Walk occurs two and a half hours before kickoff and is an excellent way for you to get into the game day spirit and show off your Owls pride.
Located southwest of the stadium, Owls Landing offers a variety of food options that are perfect for those of you who want to take part in the tailgating festivities but don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up your tailgate.
Each year FAU students burn an effigy of the opposing team’s mascot before the first game of the season. The tradition is an excellent way to kickoff the season and a fun way to get involved in FAU athletics.
Rat’s Mouth Student Tailgating AreaLocated in Lot 5, the student tailgate provides a great place to meet up with other students and party before entering the game. You can start setting up six hours before kickoff, so make sure to get here bright and early to get the most out of your FAU tailgating experience.
Owls LandingLocated southwest of the stadium, Owls Landing offers a variety of food options that are perfect for those of you who want to take part in the tailgating festivities but don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up your tailgate.
Owls Stadium Guide
FAU is home to a budding football program that is seeing more and more fans come out and support the Owls each year. The growing fanbase at FAU creates a unique atmosphere that is both very passionate and very approachable for new fans. Everyone will feel welcome at an Owls game as the friendly FAU fans are among some of the most welcoming in the country.
Despite being a relatively young fan base, you’ll find no lack of passion at FAU when attending a game. The fans here have a variety of chants for you to take part in and will show their passion and pride for the Owls with their cheering all throughout the game.
One of the unique things about attending an FAU game is the tropical atmosphere that surrounds by the stadium and the game itself. FAU Stadium is located close to the beach and offers a gorgeous panoramic view of the ocean from the west side of the stadium. Don’t worry if you’re seated on the east side of the stadium, though, as here you’ll find a beautiful view of the setting sun if attending a night game.
The passionate young fanbase and beautiful oceanside location of FAU Stadium make for a delightful game day experience at FAU.
When visiting FAU make sure to stop by the Schnellenberger Statue. The statue pays tribute to one of the most pivotal figures in the creation of the FAU football program, so make sure to honor him while attending the game.
The sky boxes at FAU offer one of a unique views in all of the sports. FAU Stadium is the only place in the country where you can see both a division one college football game as well as look out over the Atlantic Ocean. These boxes can be pricey, but they are wealth worth it for the unique view they offer you.
After every Owls score, exuberant fans flash this hand signal to show off their FAU pride. To take part in this gameday tradition, all you have to do is for a circle with your pointer finger and thumb on both hands and extend your other fingers.
Owlsley is the official mascot of FAU athletics and can be on the sideline at every home football game. He riles up the crowds through his crazy antics making sure that everyone is in full support of the owls, so make sure to keep an eye out for him during the game.
The marching band at Florida Atlantic is an integral part of the gameday experience both inside and outside of the stadium. Before the game, you’ll find the band taking part in both the Owl Walk as well as the Owl Rally as a way to make sure fans are fired up and ready to support FAU on the field before the game even starts.
After the ball is kicked everyone chants “FAU” and when the ball is caught fans chant “Owls”
The home side chants Go! and the students respond with Owls!
We’ll fight fight fight for F A U Where home is a pa-ra-dise We’ll fight, fight, fight, for F A U We know we’re gonna win, and it’s feelin’ mighty nice Cheering our hometown team down the field and waving our colors too, Hoot! Hoot! The fighting owls are on the prowl Go F.A.U!
FAU Alma Mater
With the Gulf stream breezes blowing The search for truth goes on. Seeking, learning, sharing knowledge. Finding the meaning of the past that is gone. Where nature beams with pleasant weather. We strive to learn to work together. Florida Atlantic, we praise and hail thy name.