Samford Bulldogs Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Chris Hatcher

Team Mascot: Sam the Bulldog

Year Opened: 1958

Capacity: 6700

City / State: Homewood / Alabama

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

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Samford vs Jacksonville State

Rival Team: Jacksonville State Gamecocks

The Bulldogs biggest rivals are the Jacksonville State Gamecocks who play 80 miles away in Homewood, Alabama. There are always a lot of fans of both teams at the games when these two Alabama-based schools clash, and there are lots of bragging rights as well making every matchup between Jacksonville State and Samford a must-see. The Gamecocks hold a slim 23-21-3 lead in the all-time series, so come out and watch the Bulldogs try to narrow the gap.

Samford Bulldogs Tailgate Guide


Tailgating is a huge part of the college football game day experience in Alabama, and it’s no different at Samford. While it may not rival what you’d find at Alabama or Auburn, Samford has an impressive tailgating scene considering the size of the school. Samford students, alumni, and fans pack The Quad on game days creating a fun tailgating experience that any college football fan will enjoy.

One of the best parts of the tailgating experience at Samford is the Bulldog Walk. The Bulldog Walk takes place two hours before kickoff and features the band, cheerleaders, and football team marching to the stadium. If you want to get into the Samford spirit, there is no better way to do so than attending the Bulldog Walk.

Additionally, make sure to check out the Bobby Bowden statue before entering the stadium. The statue honors one of the best coaches in college football history as well as a former Bulldog great.

You’ll love tailgating at Samford, so get here early and enjoy all the pregame festivities surrounding a Bulldogs game.


Bulldog Walk

The Bulldog Walk takes place 2 hours before kickoff and is one of the best parts of tailgating at Samford. The Bulldog Walk is a great way to get into the game day spirit, and your chance to give the football team some last minute encouragement before the game. Don’t miss the Bulldog Walk as it’s a can’t-miss part of the pregame festivities.

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Bobby Bowden Statue

Make sure to get a picture with the Bobby Bowden statue before the game. The legendary coach played his college ball at Samford and got his start here, so stop by and see his statue before the game.

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Post-game Concert

You won’t want to miss the band’s post-game concert on the quad following the game. The concert is the perfect way to conclude a Bulldogs game day, so head to the quad after the game for the show.

Where to tailgate

Samford Bulldogs Stadium Guide

In Game

Samford is a beautiful place to watch a football game in the fall as the gorgeous campus and surrounding natural beauty provide a picturesque setting. The beautiful setting makes a trip to Samford a treat, so if you want to watch a football game on a gorgeous fall day, then you can’t beat Seibert Stadium.

In addition to the natural beauty surrounding you, you’ll also enjoy the pageantry on display at a Bulldogs game. The Samford Marching Band provides incredible in-game entertainment and will keep spirits high with their in-game music. The school’s two mascots are also a fun part of the action, and the cheer team is superb as well.

Finally, Samford is home to a fantastic fan base. The fans here love their team, and they fill the stands on Saturdays throughout the fall creating a fun in-game atmosphere.

Samford offers just about everything you could want in a college football experience, so head on down to Homewood, Alabama for a fun day of football action.

Things to check out

Samford Marching Band

The Samford Marching Band is a big part of the pageantry at a Bulldogs game, so enjoy their performances throughout the game. The band’s pregame and halftime shows are must-see events, and they also do a superb job pumping up the crowd with their in-game tunes.

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Don’t miss catching a glimpse of Samford’s live mascot Rex at the game. Rex is a fun part of any Samford football game, so keep an eye out for the loveable bulldog during the game.


If you like costumed mascots, then you’ll love Spike. Spike gets into all kind of antics during the game making him a fun part of any Bulldogs football game.

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Samford Cheer

Join the cheerleaders to give the Bulldogs as much of a home field advantage as possible. The cheer team does a fantastic job supporting the team making them a great part of any Bulldogs football game.

Fight Songs

  1. Samford Fight Song

    Fight, Fight, Fight,
    For Samford Bulldogs,
    Go onward to victory.
    Oh, we’ll wear the red and blue,
    Samford, we’re all for you . . .

    And we love you, too!
    Fight, Fight, Fight,
    For Samford Bulldogs,
    Go onward to victory.
    Oh, we’ll give a cheer or two,
    Samford, we’re all for you . . .
    Fight! Fight! Fight!

  2. Samford Alma Mater

    Oh, Samford Alma Mater true
    Her halls shall ever ring,
    With sounding glories of the past
    With plans and future dreams.
    On knowledge that we seek, O Lord,
    We pray thy blessings true.
    With pride we pledge our hearts and minds,
    To the Samford Red and Blue.

Samford Bulldogs Bars & Restaurants

  1. Overtime Grill & Bar


    Enjoy what has become one of the best lunch choices for bar food this town has to offer! Whether it's a juicy big burger or a spinach salad.

    100 Frankfurt Cir, Birmingham, AL 35211, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  2. Billy’s Sports Grill

    Swannie House

    Billy’s was designed to be comfortable. We’re known for being a great lunch spot! Need the perfect location for a business lunch? We are the place! Our salads and sandwiches are unmatched.

    4520 Overton Rd #104, Birmingham, AL 35210, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  3. Bar 31

    Anchor Bar Beer Dega Brewhouse Beer Phoenix Grill & Bar Beer The Canadian Brewhouse Beer Lil Dickys

    Amazing food menu and excellent selection of drinks!

    1485 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Acapulco Bar & Grill

    Acapulco Bar Grill

    We serve up an “everyday escape” for guests to luscious simplicity in an inviting and lively atmosphere.

    430 Green Springs Hwy, Homewood, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  5. Stir Crazy

    Phase Dining Entertainment beer

    Come visit StirCrazy and be StirCrazy with us.

    430 Green Springs Hwy, Homewood, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  6. The Upper Deck

    Criterion beer Mazzys Brewballs Cogans Deli Sports Pub Kamikazes Libbys Bar Grill Knot Pub Cara Irish Mess Hall

    Excellent food and drinks, and great crowd.

    449 Valley Ave, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Mugshots Grill & Bar

    Mugshots Grill Bar

    It's all about the buns!

    2311 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N #100, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Oak Hill Bar & Grill

    Oak Hill Bar Grill

    "On the curve in Homewood" ... Your neighborhood "Cheer's" bar ... where everyone knows your name!

    2835 18th St S, Homewood, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Chicken Salad Chick

    Chicken Salad Chick

    Chicken Salad Chick is THE place for chicken salad lovers to rejoice! We’ve taken this Southern favorite to a whole new level with over 12 flavors of chicken salad served from the heart.

    210 Doug Baker Blvd #200, Birmingham, AL 35242, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Davenport’s Pizza Palace

    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

    We offer pizza and salad, but the key is that we do one thing, and we do it well.

    2837 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  11. Dave’s Pizza

    Pizza Palermo Subs Missys Village

    We're more than pizza and beer.

    1819 29th Ave S, Homewood, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  12. Bistro V

    Bistro V

    Bistro V serves great food and provides excellent service.

    521 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. Salem’s Diner

    Salems Diner

    Cheeseburgers, club sandwiches and the FAMOUS Philly Cheese Steak. You can’t beat the breakfast, either. And for dessert? Brownies and lemon ice box pie!

    2913 18th St S, Homewood, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  14. Over Easy

    Over Easy

    A place for people who love breakfast.

    358 Hollywood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  15. Johnny’s Restaurant

    Johnnys Restaurant

    Here you will find the comfort of classic “Meat & Three” dishes, as well as Greek specialties, such as Spanakopita, Pastitsio and Baklava.

    2902 18th St S, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  16. Taco Mama

    Taco Mama

    It all plays together: food, drinks, atmosphere and people. It’s all important. It’s all deliberate.

    1014 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  17. Sam’s Deli & Grill

    Sams Deli Grill

    At Sam's Italian Deli and Marketplace, you'll find fresh Italian cold cuts, imported cheeses, antipasto platters, super subs up to 6 feet long, sandwich trays, Angela's take-home pasta dinners, and Sam's homemade Italian sausage.

    932 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    american - asian - $

  18. Saw’s BBQ

    Saws BBQ

    Walking into a true hole-in-the-wall barbeque such as SAW’s BBQ is more than just a place to get some really good food to go, or to sit and enjoy a leisurely meal. It’s an experience.

    1008 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  19. Nabeel’s Cafe and Market

    Nabeels Cafe and Market

    We are an authentic Mediterranean restaurant focusing on fresh ingredients and homemade Mediterranean food dishes.

    1706 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209, USA

    Bar website

    european - $$