RedHawks Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Chuck Martin

Team Mascot: Swoop the RedHawk

Year Opened: 1983

Capacity: 24286

City / State: Oxford / Ohio

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Victory Bell

Rival Team: Cincinnati Bearcats

The Cincinnati Bearcats are the RedHawks’ oldest rivals having played them in the first ever college football game played in Ohio back in 1888. The winner of the matchup between these two Buckeye State rivals has been taking home the Victory Bell since the 1890s, which started when some Bearcats fans “borrowed” the bell from Miami. If you want to see the oldest rivalry in the state of Ohio, then make sure to travel to Yager Stadium when the RedHawks take on the Bearcats.

Battle of the Bricks

Rival Team: Ohio Bobcats

The Battle of the Bricks between Miami and Ohio dates back to 1908 and has been going strong ever since. Each year the two teams meet on the gridiron for MAC supremacy creating a fierce rivalry that is a lot of fun for both sides. The RedHawks lead the all-time series 52-37-2, so come out and watch them try to extend their lead over their hated instate rivals from Athens.

RedHawks Tailgate Guide


Tailgating at Miami has a lot to offer and will surely create an unforgettable game day experience that will have you wanting to come back soon. Here you’ll find not only plenty of great food and drinks but also a ton of school pride on display with both students and alumni coming out in strong numbers to support their RedHawks.

The main tailgating hub at Miami is the Red Zone. Here you’ll find pregame performances by the Miami University Marching Band, free tailgating games like cornhole, inflatable games, and local food vendors. You’ll even be able to win prizes for the best tailgating party here, as every game there is a competition to determine who has the best pregame setup.

When attending a game at Miami make sure to take in the Hawk Walk, which takes place two and a half hours before kickoff. The band and cheer team lead the team to the stadium before throngs of adoring fans who cheer on the RedHawks as they walk past. The Hawk Walk is an excellent way to show off your RedHawks pride, so make sure to stop by and get into the Miami game day spirit.
No matter when you go you’ll have a great time attending a Miami RedHawks football, however, if you’re looking for the most exciting tailgating atmosphere make sure to attend a game when to instate MAC rivals are in town. The pregame parties when the Ohio Bobcats are in town are particularly intense, so circle the date on your calendar if you’re looking for the best tailgate of the year.


Original Ticket Windows

Yager Stadium was built to replace Miami Field, the latter of which can trace its origin back to 1896 making it one of the first college football stadiums built in Ohio. Today you can still stop by the original ticket windows located in front of Yager Stadium, so stop them to enjoy these charming relics of the past.

Hawk Walk

The Hawk Walk takes place two and a half hours before kickoff and is a great way to show off your Miami pride. Throngs of fans line the street as the band and cheer team lead the team into the stadium, space fills up quickly so make sure to arrive to the walk route early.

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Tailgate Town

Don’t worry if you didn’t bring a grill, Tailgate Town has you covered. Tailgate Town opens two hours before kickoff just outside of Millett Hall on the west lawn and offers a great place to grab a bite to eat before entering Yager Stadium. Head over and grab a few dogs or burgers and some baked beans to fuel yourself up for an exciting afternoon of RedHawks football.

Where to tailgate

RedHawks Stadium Guide

In Game

During the game, you’ll find RedHawks fans are very loud and passionate in their support of the team. They also chant just about anything you can imagine, some of which can be quite vulgar at times, but that doesn’t stop them from being very welcoming to new and opposing fans unless of course, you support a major rival. The RedHawks have some fantastic rivalries with fellow Ohio-based MAC schools, so come prepared to cheer loud and often when one of these bitter rivals are in town.

You’ll be able to take part in a wide variety of chants and cheers when attending a Miami game, so come prepared to show off your RedHawks pride when attending a game in Oxford. One of the most fun chants to take part in at Miami is when the PA announcer tells everyone to “jump around.” At this point, everyone in attendance will begin to jump up and down while moving their arms above their head with their fists clenched. This chant takes place late in the game riles up the entire crowd to give the RedHawks an extra edge in the closing minutes.

It’s not just the fun and passionate atmosphere created by the fans that make attending a Miami football game a can’t miss experience, but Yager Stadium itself is a beautiful place to take in a game. You’ll be able to get a birdseye view of the action by heading up to the stands right next to the press box, while also having the opportunity of experience a close-knit, intimate atmosphere by sitting in the stands on the opposite side of the field. Regardless of where you sit to take in action a trip to Miami is a can’t miss for all you college football fanatics out there.

Things to check out

Cradle of Coaches Plaza

Over the program’s history Miami has been able to produce some of the greatest football coaches of all-time earning the title the Cradle of Coaches. To commemorate these greats including Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler the Cradle of Coaches Plaza was created, so stop by and pay tribute to some of the greatest coaches of all-time when attending a RedHawks game.

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Ben Roethlisberger’s Retired #7 Jersey

Ben Roethlisberger is probably the biggest star in the history of Miami’s football program and as such his number has been retired by the program. During his outstanding career at Miami, Big Ben lead the RedHawks to a perfect record and the MAC Championship in 2003. Make sure to stop by and see his retired #7 jersey in the north end of the stadium to celebrate the career of one of the greatest RedHawks of all-time.


Swoop the RedHawk is the official mascot of Miami and can be seen all around the stadium on game days. He does an excellent job of riling up the fans and entertaining the crowd, so keep your eyes peeled for him when attending a RedHawks game.

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Miami University Marching Band

The Miami University Marching Band keeps the crowd's energy high throughout the game through a variety of routines. The band features 260 members and usually performs along with baton twirlers and the color guard to put on an outstanding show.

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Fight Songs

  1. RedHawks Fight Song

    The fight song is a very upbeat tune and separates itself from many others in the MAC with a very active drumline that makes you want to jump around.

    Love and honor to Miami
    Our college old and grand,
    Proudly we shall ever hail thee,
    Over all the land  Alma mater now we praise thee,
    Sing joyfully this lay, Love and honor to Miami,
    Forever and a day.

  2. Alma Mater

    Old Miami from thy hillcrest,
    Thou hast watched the decades roll;
    Generations questing from thee,
    Sturdy hearted, pure of soul.
    Old Miami! New Miami!
    Days of old and days to be;
    Weave the story of thy glory,
    Our Miami, here’s to thee!
    Our Miami, you were founded
    In our nation’s early days;
    Now we join with generations
    In this song of love and praise.
    Old Miami! New Miami!
    Days of old and days to be;
    Weave the story of thy glory,
    Our Miami, here’s to thee!



RedHawks Bars & Restaurants

  1. Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub

    Quarter Barrel Brewery and Pub

    Now serving craft beer, a diverse selection of wines, and an eclectic menu in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

    107 E Church St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. La Rosa’s

    LaRosas Pizzeria

    Chain offering pizza with a variety of crusts & other Italian staples for takeout & delivery.

    21 Lynn St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  3. Fiesta Charra

    Fiesta Charra

    We have a huge menu with many dishes, drinks, and desserts. We have a bar with drink specials.

    25 W High St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  4. Bruno’s Pizza

    Brunos Pizza

    We specialize in crafting mouth-watering meals and providing superb customer service.

    31 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  5. Bagel & Deli

    Bagel and Deli

    A treat for carnivores and vegetarians alike, Bagel & Deli will fill your belly and put a smile on your face!

    119 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Woody’s One Up Bar

    Woodys One Up Bar

    A cool bar with great selection of drinks and good food!

    11 S Main St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Skipper’s Pub

    Skippers Pub

    Since 1984, we've been proud to offer American pub food, drinks, and fun times to the Oxford community!

    121 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA

    513- 523-0066

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  8. Brick Street Bar

    Brick Street Bar

    Whether it's Karaoke Night, Game Day or Beat the Clock, Brick Street is the place to be.

    36 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  9. Left Field Tavern

    Left Field Tavern

    A bar that has such delicious food and a great selection of drinks!

    12 W Park Pl, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. O’Pub

    O Pub bar

    Very chill vibe, good music, nice decor, and excellent food and drinks!

    10 W Park Pl, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Steinkeller

    Steinkeller Bavarian Bier Hall

    Steinkeller was founded in the year 2000 with the purpose of bringing an authentic Bavarian beerhall to Southwestern Ohio.

    15 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    american - european - $$

  12. Skyline Chili

    Skyline Chili

    Feeling Good, It's Skyline time!

    1 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  13. Graeter’s


    The Graeter's family has been creating small batch, artisanal ice cream for over a century and has become a foodie favorite through the years.

    29 W High St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  14. La Bodega Delicatessen

    La Bodega Delicatessen

    Local deli and sandwich shop that focuses on home-made, high-quality food.

    11 W High St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  15. Paesano’s Pasta House

    Paesanos Pasta House

    Paesano’s is a cozy 50 seat casual restaurant but our cuisine is world class. Our menu features many Italian favorite dishes as well as some creative delights!

    308 S Campus Ave, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$

  16. Bagel and Deli

    Bagel and Deli

    A treat for carnivores and vegetarians alike, Bagel & Deli will fill your belly and put a smile on your face!

    119 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056, United States


    Bar website

    american - $

  17. Mac & Joe’s

    Mac and Joes

    Mac & Joes is a great place to meet up with family & friends, to have a drink, eat a meal and watch the game on one of our many flat screen tv’s.

    21 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$