Idaho State Bengals Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Cody Hawkins

Team Mascot: Benny the Bengal

Year Opened: 1970

Capacity: 12000

City / State: Pocatello / Idaho

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

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Idaho State vs Weber State

Rival Team: Weber State Wildcats

Idaho State and Weber State are only a couple hours away from each other meaning you’ll find lots Wildcats fans making the trip to Pocatello when these two meet. There is also always a lot on the line when these two Big Sky rivals meet, so don’t miss it when Weber State comes to town.

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Idaho State vs Montana

Rival Team: Montana Grizzlies

Montana may have dominated the rivalry in recent years, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of bragging rights on the line when these two meet. Bengals fans hate losing to the Grizzlies making every matchup between Idaho State and Montana a must-see event.

Idaho State Bengals Tailgate Guide


Tailgating is a re-emerging part of Idaho State football games making it the perfect time for you to get involved. You won’t find the wildest tailgate atmosphere here in Pocatello, but that doesn’t’ mean you won’t have a good time tailgating with the diehard fans who line the parking lots on game days.

If you are tailgating before a Bengals game, make sure to check out BengalFest. BengalFest features all kinds of fun activities and entertainment options. You might even have the opportunity to see the Utah Jazz cheerleaders or Olympic gold medalists here before the game.

Get to the game early and enjoy everything tailgating at ISU has to offer.



Located in the Holt Arena East Parking Lot, BengalFest is one of the best places to hang out before the game. BengalFest features food, drinks, and a variety of entertainment options. If you’re looking for something to do before the game, then stop by BengalFest.

Homecoming Parade

When attending the homecoming football game, make sure to stop by the homecoming parade before the game. The parade is a fantastic way to show off your ISU pride, so don’t miss it during your trip to Pocatello.

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Where to tailgate

Idaho State Bengals Stadium Guide

In Game

Even when the stadium doesn’t sell out, Holt Arena is extremely loud. The acoustics inside Holt Arena give the Bengals an incredible home field advantage and help create an excellent in-game atmosphere even when the crowd is sparse.

While the stands may be a bit empty, the fans who you find in attendance are as diehard as they come. If you want to learn more about the Bengals or the history of ISU football, just strike up a conversation with the people around you as they’ll be happy to talk ball.

Finally, enjoy the band and spirit groups’ performances at the game. There is a lot of pageantry on display at Bengals games giving them a uniquely collegiate feel.

A Bengals game is a fun time for die-hard Big Sky football fans, so plan your trip to Pocatello today.

Things to check out

Idaho State Championships

Take a look at the list of championships won by the Bengals over the years hanging on the wall. It’s a great way to remember all your favorite Bengals athletics moments, so give a glance during your trip to Holt Arena.

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Bengals Marching Band

Enjoy the performance of the Bengals Marching Band during the game. The Bengals Marching Band puts on a superb pregame and halftime show and is one of the best parts of any ISU football game.

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Benny the Bengal

Keep an eye out for Idaho State’s mascot Benny the Bengal. Fans young and old love Benny, so don’t miss him and his shenanigans during the game.

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Cheer and Dance Team

The cheer and dance teams put on a fun performance throughout the game making them a fantastic part of any Bengals football game.

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Fight Songs

  1. Growl, Bengals, Growl

    Growl, Bengals, growl
    Fight, Bengals, fight
    Gnash your teeth and
    Bare your claws and
    Drive with all your might
    Fight, Fight, Fight
    Roar, Bengals, roar
    You decide our fate
    Bring the vict’ry home to us, You
    Bengals of Idaho State

    I..S..U… ISU Fight, ISU Fight, ISU Fight
    Go, Go, Go Bengals Go!

  2. ISU Alma Mater

    Hail to thee our Alma Mater
    Glorious is thy name
    Ever more thy sons and daughters
    Carry on thy fame
    May thy students e’er be loyal
    To thy mem-ry true
    Hail to thee our Alma Mater
    Hail to ISU

Idaho State Bengals Bars & Restaurants

  1. MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill, & Pub

    MacKenzie River Pizza Grill and Pub

    BEST PIE FROM THE BIG SKY! The menu features an incredible array of delectable dishes, always flavorful and fresh, and served up in heaping portions.

    4150 Pole Line Rd, Pocatello, ID 83202, USA

    Bar website

    american - pizza - $$

  2. The Pressbox

    beer burger Buddys Place

    Home of Pocatello's "Original" Steak Sandwich

    1257 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  3. Hooligans

    beer bar

    Full eclectic service bar that feels like an Irish pub.

    122 N 3rd Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  4. Clydesdale Bar & Lounge

    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

    At the Clydesdale, we are providing an environment that is fun and refreshing. All of our food is fresh, never frozen. Our handcrafted cocktails are amazing.

    655 N 5th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  5. First National Bar

    Souris Saloon Silhouette Lounge

    If you need a good drink, this is your place!

    232 W Center St, Pocatello, ID 83204, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Oasis Bar


    Amazing crowd, great drinks, and delicious food!

    304 S Main St, Pocatello, ID 83204, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Sandbaggers Bar & Grill

    Sandbaggers Bar and Grill

    A place packed with friendly people, fantastic drinks, and good eats!

    296 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  8. Odyssey Bar


    Great selection of drinks and amazing food!

    250 E Center St, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  9. El Herradero

    Pacos Mobile Tacos

    Great Mexican food and awesome service!

    123 Jefferson Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    american - mexican - $

  10. Sandpiper Restaurant


    Our focus has always been our wonderful steaks and legendary prime rib; However, Chef Austin has expanded our menu to include many delicious fresh seafood items.

    1400 Bench Rd, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$

  11. Butterburr’s

    The Depot

    Serving quality home-cooked meals; homemade breads, pies, soups, real mashed potatoes, and our iconic "Twists" are made fresh all day/everyday!

    917 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  12. Mama Inez

    Mama Inez

    Mexican restaurant & cantina garners raves for its large traditional dishes & comfortable ambiance.

    390 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  13. El Caporal Mexican Restaurant

    mexican food

    El Caporal is committed to satisfying our customers with great food and excellent service. We offer a wide variety of Mexican and American food.

    612 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  14. Buddy’s Italian Restaurant

    salad vegetables

    Family-style meal of homemade Italian recipes

    626 E Lewis St, Pocatello, ID 83201, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$