Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Tom Matukewicz

Team Mascot: Rowdy the Redhawk

Year Opened: 1930

Capacity: 11015

City / State: Cape Girardeau / Missouri

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

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Southeast Missouri State vs Missouri State

Rival Team: Missouri State Bears

You’ll be in for a good one when Southeast Missouri State takes on in-state rivals Missouri State. The Redhawks and Bears first met in 1917, and the rivalry has been an intense one ever since. Make sure to get tickets when the Redhawks take on their oldest rivals the Bears.

Southeast Missouri State vs Southern Illinois

Rival Team: Southern Illinois Salukis

The Redhawks and Salukis have met over 80 times over the years creating a fierce rivalry between the two schools. While the two teams may not meet regularly, it’s always a treat when they do, so don’t miss it when Southeast Missouri State and Southern Illinois meet next.

Southeast Missouri State vs Murray State

Rival Team: Murray State Racers

The Murray State Racers are Southeast Missouri State’s biggest rivals in the Ohio Valley Conference making every matchup between these two a can’t-miss. The Racers have gotten the better of the Redhawks over the years. However, you still won’t want to miss it whenever Murray State comes to town.

Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Tailgate Guide


Redhawks fans love to tailgate, and it shows on game days as everywhere you look you’ll see fans dressed in black and red tailgating to their heart’s content. Southeast Missouri State may not be the first name you think of when you think of excellent tailgating atmosphere, but that’s exactly what you’ll find here. The university has a pretty liberal tailgating policy, and fans can tailgate in any of the free parking lots giving you plenty of space to set up.

In addition to the liberal tailgate rules, the friendly fans also make tailgating at Southeast Missouri State a joy. Everyone is extremely welcoming and as long as you bring something to share you’ll have no problem making new friends.

You also won’t want to miss the block party that takes place on Bellevue Street. The block party creates a fantastic tailgating destination and features all kinds of activities including bouncy houses live music and more. If you’re looking for something to do or just want to get into the game day spirit, then head down to Bellevue Street before the game.

Finally, make sure to catch the Redhawks Walk before the game. The Redhawks Walk is a fantastic way to show off your Southeast Missouri Pride as well as the perfect way to get into the Redhawks spirit.

Missouri State offers one of the best tailgating destination in the Ohio Valley Conference, so start planning your trip today.


Redhawks Walk

Don’t miss the Redhawks Walk before the game. The Redhawks Walk takes place two hours before kickoff and features the band and cheerleaders leading the football team to the stadium. It’s the perfect way to get into the game day spirit making it a can’t-miss part of any Southeast Missouri State tailgate.

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Bellevue Street

If you’re looking for some pre-game entertainment, then head over to Bellevue Street before the game. Here you’ll find inflatables, live music, and much more making it a fantastic place to hang out before the game.

Where to tailgate

Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Stadium Guide

In Game

A Southeast Missouri State football game features everything you would want in a Division I football game and then some. The fans inside Houck Stadium are among the best in the OVC and all throughout the game you’ll hear them going wild whenever the Redhawks make a big play. The band and spirit squads are also top notch creating a fun in-game atmosphere that rivals that at just about any FCS school.

Additionally, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to take part in the tailgating that takes place in the east end zone. Redhawks fans tailgate inside the stadium during the game creating a unique atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. While it cost big money to set up a tailgate in the end zone, you can still stop by and join in the fun.

You’ll have a lot of fun attending a Southeast Missouri State football game, so get your tickets to a Redhawks game today.

Things to check out

End Zone Tailgating

For those of you who didn’t get enough tailgating before the game, make surce to check out end zone tailgating. You’ll see fans grilling out and tailgating in the east end zone, so stop on by and say hi during the game.

SEMO Marching Band

Enjoy the musical performance of the SEMO Marching Band during the game. The band is a big part of the in-game atmosphere at Houck Stadium and does a fantastic job of keeping everyone engaged in the action on the field.

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Rowdy the Redhawk

Keep an eye out for the Redhawks beloved mascot Rowdy the Redhawk. Rowdy performs all kinds of stunts at games and is a favorite among young fans, making him a memorable part of every Southeast Missouri State football game.

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Join the cheerleaders as they propel the Redhawks to victory with their cheers and chants. The cheerleaders’ routines will get everyone out of their seats, so join in and show off your SEMO pride.

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Don’t miss the Sundancers performances throughout the game. The Sundancers will keep you entertained during stoppages in play and are a fun part of any Redhawks football game.

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Fight Songs

  1. “SEMO Fight Song”

    Fight, Red-Hawks, Fight
    For the Southeast banner,
    On-ward to Vic-to-ry
    For the Red & Black
    Fight! Fight! Fight!
    Fight, Red-Hawks, Fight
    Show your colors true!
    Go on to Vic-to-ry, Go on to Vic-to-ry
    Your spir-it will shine through!

  2. “SEMO Victory March”

    Go On-ward to Vic-to-ry,
    For the Red & Black!
    Go On-ward to Vic-to-ry,
    And never give it back!
    Go! Go! Go!
    On-ward to Vic-to-ry,
    Make your actions true,
    Go On-ward to Vic-to-ry,
    For South-east U!
    On-ward to Vic-to-ry
    For South-east U!

  3. “SE Missouri State Alma Mater”

    High above the Mississippi,
    Ageless in majestic flow,
    Rise they halls in native grandeur,
    Beacon light to all below.

    Cape Girardeau, Alma Mater,
    Forward press unceasingly,
    In the quest for truth untrammeled
    Till humanity is free.

    Round thee springtime
    flings her blossoms,
    June in verdure veils thy hills,
    Autumn paints in poignant beauty
    Winter’s snows fall soft and still.


    With the passing of the ages,
    Brighter still thy light shall glow;
    Sons and daughters more shall gather
    Here to laugh, and love, and grow.


Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Bars & Restaurants

  1. Coin-Op Cantina

    Coin Op Cantina beer

    Coin-Op Cantina is a smoke-free bar and arcade that features more than 25 arcade games, pinball machines, skeeball, Nintendo and PS4 console gaming, and darts. Full-service bar includes an extensive rotating craft beer selection with 24 beers on tap and even more bottles and cans.

    46 Main St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  2. Rude Dog Pub

    bar drink

    Laid-back atmosphere, great live music, friendly workers!

    123 Main St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  3. Mixing 10

    Beer mug Crafty Rooster

    A great place to hang out with friends and drink a few good beers.

    2 Main St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  4. The Bar

    The Bar burger fries beer

    Fine dining and a great selection of food and drinks.

    117 Themis St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Katy O’Ferrell’s Irish Pub

    Katy OFerrells Irish Pub beer

    This place hits the mark of a real Irish Pub! Food, Spirits, and Lore...

    300 Broadway St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    european - steakhouse - $$

  6. Mario and Angela’s Italian Cucina

    Mario and Angelas Italian Cucina

    Home cooked, authentic Italian food by Mario- born and raised in Italy! PASTA, PIZZA, STROMBOLI, CALZONE, SALADS & SUBS!

    1740 Broadway St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  7. 36 Restaurant & Bar


    36 Restaurant & Bar LLC is a fine dining restaurant that serves impressive food and gives an excellent service.

    36 Main St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$$

  8. Bella Italia

    Bella Italia

    Stop by and experience the family-friendly, fine Italian cuisine of Bella Italia!

    20 N Spanish St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  9. Burrito-Ville

    Burrito Ville

    The menu consists of fresh, made-to-order specialty burritos, tacos and nachos offered with steak, chicken, fish, vegetarian and beef options.

    913 Broadway St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  10. El Sol Mexican Restaurant

    El Sol Mexican Restaurant tacos

    Fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine!

    1105 Broadway St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  11. Pagliai’s Pizza & Pasta

    OHOP Orono House of Pizza

    Their menu includes appetizers, salads, hot sandwiches, pasta, desserts, and pizza with an ample selection of house specialties. Their original, old style recipes keep generations of old friends and new fans alike coming back for more.

    1129 Broadway St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$

  12. Imo’s Pizza

    Imos Pizza

    Original St. Louis-style pizza - in its gooiest, squarest, most pure form.

    1008 N Kingshighway St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$