1. Charles the Monarch
Charles the Monarch is a labradoodle that looks just like a lion and can be seen at all Old Dominion games. Keep your eyes peeled for this famous dog when attending an ODU game to get the most out of your game day experience.
2. Kaufman Mall
The grassy area offers the perfect place to set up a tailgate. The lots around Foreman Field are donor lots, so Kaufman Mall offers the perfect place for those who don’t have a parking pass to tailgate. Here you’ll be able to set up a tent and grill and get in on the tailgate atmosphere that makes attending a Monarchs football game such a great experience.
3. Sellout Streak
Old Dominion is one of the newest programs in NCAA football. However, that hasn’t stopped the fans from showing up in full force to support their team. Since the program was restarted in 2009, the fans have sold out every home game the Monarchs have played making them one of the best-supported teams in the country.
4. Big Blue Statue
Located in the Webb Center, this statue of the school’s lion mascot Big Blue is only a short walk from Foreman Field. On your way to the stadium stop by and snap a picture with this statue and don’t forget to rub its belly to give the Monarchs good luck on the field.
5. Monarch Marching Band
The 200 member band was formed in 2008 in response to the creation of the football program. The band has become a staple of game days since then pumping up the crowd with their renditions of the school’s fight song and their excellent halftime performances. Make sure to stay glued to your seat at halftime to watch their outstanding show.
6. Big Blue
Big Blue is a lion mascot that can be found at every Old Dominion home football game. He is a fan favorite due to his wild antics and is sure to put a smile on your face when attending a game at Foreman Field.
7. Budding Rivalries with UNC-Charlotte and Marshall
Having moved to Conference USA from the Colonial Conference in 2014 Old Dominion is still developing its major in-conference rivalries. However, UNC-Charlotte and Marshall have emerged as the frontrunners. If you’re coming to Norfolk for a game, then target one of these matchups to experience some of the better Monarchs game day experiences.
8. Pregame Pep Rally
You won’t want to miss the band and cheer team’s pregame pep rally, which is an excellent way to get into the game day mood. The pep rally takes place a couple hours before the game and is a must-see for anyone tailgating at ODU.