Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Tre Lamb

Team Mascot: Mac the Bulldog

Year Opened: 1969

Capacity: 9000

City / State: Boiling Springs / North Carolina

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Big South Opponents

Rival Team:

The Runnin’ Bulldogs don’t have a major rival. However, you won’t want to miss the Big South Conference games at Spangler Stadium. The fans come out in large number to support the Runnin’ Bulldogs at these games creating a fun tailgate and in-game atmosphere.

Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs Tailgate Guide


Runnin’ Bulldogs fans love to tailgate creating a fun atmosphere outside Spangler Stadium on game days. The entire town comes out to support the team, so you’ll meet lots of diehard fans when tailgating at Gardner-Webb.

The fans here are also extremely friendly and welcoming making it easy for you to feel a part of the crowd. Even if you aren’t a Bulldogs fan, you’ll have no trouble starting a conversation with the people tailgating around you who are more than happy to talk to you about the Runnin’ Bulldogs football team.

In addition to a friendly tailgate atmosphere, you’ll also find lots of delicious food on display. Bring something to share, and the majority of tailgaters will be more than happy to let you try some of their favorite recipes.

Tailgating at Gardner-Webb is one of the best parts of the game day experience, so get here early and enjoy tailgating with Runnin’ Bulldogs fans.

Where to tailgate

Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs Stadium Guide

In Game

Gardner-Webb is the pride and joy of Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and as a result, fans from all over the area come out to support the Runnin’ Bulldogs football team. On game days, you’ll find a packed house inside Spangler Stadium creating a raucous atmosphere that any college football fan would enjoy.

The fans aren’t the only ones who make a trip to Boiling Springs a memorable one. The Marching Bulldogs put on an incredible performance throughout the game. Whether they’re pumping up the crowd during the action or playing their fantastic halftime show, the Marching Bulldogs are a must-see part of any game.

Finally, don’t miss the Runnin’ Bulldogs talented spirit groups. Gardner-Webb’s mascots Lucy and Mack get into all kinds of antics during the game, and you’ll want to join in the cheerleaders’ cheers and chants to help propel the Bulldogs to victory.

A trip to Gardner-Webb features everything you could want in a college football game including die-hard fans, an excellent marching band, and fun spirit groups, so plan your trip to Boiling Springs today.

Things to check out

Bulldog Store

Stop by the Bulldog Store to pick up a souvenir from your trip to Spangler Stadium. Here you’ll find a wide variety of Runnin’ Bulldogs merchandise including t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and much more.

Marching Bulldogs

The Marching Bulldogs put on an incredible performance at every Gardner-Webb football game, making them a can’t-miss part of every game. Enjoy the Marching Bulldogs as their music does a fantastic job of livening up the atmosphere inside Spangler Stadium.

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Lucy and Mack

Don’t miss Gardner-Webb’s mascots Lucy and Mack. These two loveable mascots get into all kinds of shenanigans during the game, so you’ll never know what they’ll do next.


The cheerleaders at Gardner-Webb will pump you and the rest of the crowd up throughout the game. Join in the cheers and chants and help give the Runnin’ Bulldogs a great home field advantage.

Fight Songs

  1. Gardner-Webb University Fight Song

    We are the Bulldogs
    Hoo-ray for Bulldogs
    We’ll show the world
    our strength and might

    We are the Bulldogs
    Hoo-ray for Bulldogs
    Fighting to win this game tonight

    Fighting for honor
    fighting for glory
    Fighting for victory

    With Gardner-Webb our Alma Mater,
    Victors we’ll always be.

  2. Gardner-Webb University Alma Mater

    At the foot of the mountain
    Is our College; proud she stands,
    Serving all whowant her service,
    Blessing all with outstanding hands.

    With our hands we will serve thee,
    Gardner-Webb, our College fair;
    In our love we will uphold thee;
    Our wealth we’ll gladly share.

    Alma Mater, Alma Mater,
    We sing our love to thee,
    We pledge our hearts in deep devotion
    Our love, our faith, eternally.

Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs Bars & Restaurants

  1. Copper Penny Grill

    Copper Penny Grill

    Great, amazing food and excellent service!

    146 E Main St, Alexander Mills, NC 28043, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille

    Bellas Pizza of Bristol Pizza Don Vitos Italian Restaurant Pizza Chiefs Place PIzza Pizza Patriot Pub & Grub Pizza Robertos Pizza Ranias Restaurant Pizza The Prescott Pizza Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille Pauls Deli Restaurant Wildcat Angelas Ristorante Pizzeria

    Great, friendly staff and delicious food and a good selection of drinks.

    233 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  3. J Birds Deli & Ales

    Skips Restaurant Sandwich J Birds Deli Ales

    J-Bird’s Deli & Ales is a gourmet sandwich eatery, a draft beer bar, and a retail craft beer dispenser.

    106 W Marion St, Shelby, NC 28150, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Newgrass Brewing Co.

    Newgrass Brewing Co beer

    Quality ingredients are the start of a great brew. Beer is a lot like food, the better the ingredients the better the end product!

    213 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Ken & Mary’s

    Exit 62 Truck Stop and Restaurant Breakfast Overlook Restaurant Breakfast Murphys Loft Breakfast Eggs Ken Marys Sunrise Family Restaurant

    Amazingly delicious Southern breakfast/brunch!

    1628 S Dekalb St, Shelby, NC 28152, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  6. The Depot

    The Depot

    Friendly atmosphere, great service, and amazing food!

    202 Price St, Shelby, NC 28150, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  7. El Acapulco

    Viva Zapatas Nachos La Michoacana Nachos El Parral Mexican Restaurant Nachos Mexican El Acapulco

    "El Acapulco is an amazing restaurant. I love their new furniture, it’s so colorful and vibrant, it just makes the restaurant seem so homely."

    301 S Dekalb St, Shelby, NC 28150, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  8. WOW: American Eats

    WOW Cafe

    From our Sonoma Wrap featuring homemade Ranch dressing, to our Chicken Tenders with signature Paradise City Thai Chili sauce, our menu will satisfy any appetite!

    110 S Main St, Boiling Springs, NC 28017, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Bulldog Quik-Snak


    A family-owned restaurant that's home of the original jumbo cheeseburger basket!

    131 N Main St, Shelby, NC 28152, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Italian Garden

    salad Italian Garden

    The nearest place to get good pizza or salad at an affordable price!

    105 N Main St, Shelby, NC 28152, USA

    Bar website

    european - pizza - $

  11. Snack Shop Family Restaurant

    Mister Smiths sandwich

    A great place to go for delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

    103 S Main St, Shelby, NC 28152, USA

    Bar website

    american - $