1. Red Wave

Bulldogs fans are known as the Red Wave as all throughout the stands you’ll see a sea of red. Everyone comes to Fresno States in red, so make sure to join in this great tradition to provide the Bulldogs the best home field advantage possible.

2. Fresno State Winery and Tailgate Wine

One of the most unique things about tailgating at Fresno State is that they have their winery. You can tour the winery, and they even have their tailgate wine called Tailgate Red. If you’re looking for something different to do on game day, then feel free to take a tour of the Fresno State Winery and make sure to pick up a bottle of Tailgate Red to enjoy at your next game.

3. Green V

The green V on the back of Fresno State helmets represents the fact the Bulldogs are from the Valley. The San Joaquin Valley is known for being the world’s richest agricultural area in terms of export dollars, so the green V is a great way for the Bulldogs to show off local pride.

4. Victor E. Bulldog

Victory E. Bulldog is the live bulldog mascot for Fresno State. He makes halftime appearances and amps up the crowd every times he shows up.

5. Bulldogs Marching Band

The Bulldogs Marching Band performs at every Fresno State home game and puts on an excellent show. The band also plays a major role in pumping up the crowd and igniting crowd noise throughout the game.

6. San Jose State Rivalry

San Jose State is Fresno State’s oldest rival with matchups between these two teams dating back to 1921. The Spartans had led the all-time series for much of the rivalry, however, in 2002 the Bulldogs tied the series up at 32 wins a piece. Since then the Bulldogs have gone on to take a 40-36-3 all-time series lead.

7. Victory Valley

The Victory Valley tailgate area is open to those 21 and up and offers alcohol as well as food from local food trucks and vendors. If you’re looking to grab a quick beer then stop on by Victory Valley for a chance to wet your whistle.

8. Timeout

Timeout is the official mascot of the Fresno State Bulldogs. The costumed mascot was introduced in 1981 to replace a live bulldog. One of Timeout’s most famous routines is pretending to fight opposing team mascots.

9. Battle for the Oil Can

Fresno State and San Diego State have been going at it on the gridiron since 1923 when San Diego State took down the Bulldogs 12-2. The series has been off and on between these two schools as they have been in and out of the same conference several times. The Oil Can trophy was added to the series in 2011 and really allows one team to have bragging rights over the other. The Battle for the Oil Can is one of Fresno State’s biggest games of the year, so make sure to be in attendance when the Bulldogs battle the Aztecs for the Oil Can.


10. Toyota Drive

At Toyota Drive, you’ll find food trucks, remote controlled race cars, and activities for the whole family. Toyota Drive is a great destination for those of you tailgating with your kids and families, so make sure to stop on by for some interactive activities.

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