Southern Utah Thunderbirds Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: DeLane Fitzgerald

Team Mascot: Thor the Thunderbird

Year Opened: 1967

Capacity: 8500

City / State: Cedar City / Utah

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Beehive Bowl

Rival Team: Weber State Wildcats

The Beehive Bowl between Southern Utah and Weber State is one of the Thunderbirds’ biggest game of the year. The rivalry dates back to 1984 and in 2011 became a yearly rivalry with the Thunderbirds move to the Big Sky Conference. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 16-7, but you won’t want to miss the next Beehive Bowl, so make sure to be in attendance when Southern Utah takes on Weber State.

Grand Canyon Rivalry

Rival Team: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

The winner of the annual rivalry matchup between Northern Arizona and Southern Utah takes home the Grand Canyon Trophy. The two Big Sky Conference rivals first met in 1982, and they have played every year since 2008. Don’t miss it when the Thunderbirds square off with the Lumberjacks as there is always a lot on the line.

Southern Utah Thunderbirds Tailgate Guide


Southern Utah University and the Thunderbird Club have put together a fun tailgating experience that provides you with just about everything you could want at a tailgate. The Thunderbird Village is an excellent place to hang out before the game offers live music, performances by the SUU Marching Band and Spirit Squads, tailgate games, and more. If you’re looking for pregame entertainment, then make sure to stop by the Thunderbird Village before the game.

In addition to a fun fan zone and performances by Southern Utah spirit groups, you’ll also be able to grill out with friends before the game. Southern Utah offers plenty of space to park, and there is even a visitor’s tailgating area, so if you’re a fan of the away team you’ll be able to meet lots of fellow fans.

It may not be The Grove, but tailgating at Southern Utah is a fun experience that just about anyone would enjoy. Arrive early and take advantage of the fun tailgating atmosphere Southern Utah offers.


Thunderbird Village

Enjoy live music, performances by the SUU Marching Band and Spirit Squads, tailgate games, and much more at Thunderbird Village. Thunderbird Village is your pregame entertainment destination and is a fun place to hang out before the game no matter what your age.


Take part in the Thundercharge, which takes place 15 minutes before kickoff. The Thundercharge invites fans to line the team entrance at the southwest corner of the stadium before the game. Make sure to be a part of the Thundercharge as it’s an excellent way for you to get up close to your favorite players before the game.

Where to tailgate

Southern Utah Thunderbirds Stadium Guide

In Game

Eccles Coliseum is a beautiful place to take in a game as you’ll have a fantastic view of the beautiful Red Mountains as well as the beautiful Southern Utah campus. The stadium also provides fans with plenty of unique architecture as the south end zone’s design commemorates the Olympic Torch passing through Cedar City and is quite the sight to behold.

In addition to a beautiful view, Southern Utah is home to some wonderful fans. Southern Utah may not be the biggest program, but that doesn’t’ mean the fans that show up aren’t some of the most die hard fans out there. The stands at Eccles Coliseum are typically packed full of Thunderbirds fans, none more so than the student section.

Finally, the Southern Utah spirit groups and the band put on a great show. The band will keep you entertained with their musical performance throughout the game, and you won’t want to miss the halftime performance by the SUU Waukeenyans. The Thunderbirds mascot Thor is also a big part of the show as well, so keep an eye out for him as you never know what he’ll do next.

A Southern Utah Thunderbirds game is a fun experience for any FCS football fan, so don’t hesitate to take a trip to Cedar City, Utah.

Things to check out

Olympic Torch Memorial

Stop by and see the Olympic Torch Memorial in the south end zone. The memorial is a must-see for any sports fans and is a unique part of Eccles Coliseum.

SUU Marching Band

The SUU Marching Band provides a great atmosphere at Thunderbirds football games. All throughout the game, you’ll hear the band as they try to rile up the crowd with their tunes.

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SUU Waukeenyans

Don’t leave your seat at halftime as the SUU Waukeenyans put on a fantastic performance. The dance team’s halftime performance is one of the biggest parts of the game making it a must-see for anyone taking in a Thunderbirds game.

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Spirit Squad

Join the Spirit Squad as they pump up the team with their cheers and chants. The Spirit Squad performs a variety of stunts and chants that will bring you to your feet throughout the game.


Thor the Thunderbirds mascot is one of the most popular parts of the game. Fans young and old enjoy Thor’s shenanigans, so keep an eye out for him during your trip to Cedar City.

Fight Songs

  1. The Great SUU

    We will che-er for the red and white,
    of our fighting SUU!

    Hear our battle cry, echo through the sky,
    As our team comes blazing through!

    They will fight, fight, fight, when they hear us shout,
    As we sing our victory song.

    We will run, we will score, till the “Thunder Roars”,
    And the T-Birds win once more!

    Go, Go, Go… Fight, Fight, Fight…. Win T-Birds!

Southern Utah Thunderbirds Bars & Restaurants

  1. Toadz

    Skewers Bar Grill Ts Lounge

    Come to TOADZ for great food, drinks and awesome events every night of the week!

    432 N 100 W, Cedar City, UT 84721, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  2. Mike’s Tavern

    Mikes Tavern

    This is the only venue in town where you can catch the Best DJ, Band and Karaoke shows.

    90 W Hoover Ave, Cedar City, UT 84720, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  3. All American Diner

    Jack Browns Beer Burger Joint The Bear Brew Pub Homestead Restaurant

    All American Diner is committed to providing fellow patriots with delicious, plentiful, and hearty meals all at a fair price.

    501 S Main St, Cedar City, UT 84720, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  4. La Casa Don Miguel

    La Isla mexican El Toro Bar Grill

    At Don Miguel’s you’ll be able to experience a taste of Jalisco. With over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Chef Don Carlos Leon brings to life a unique and bold menu.

    453 S Main St, Cedar City, UT 84720, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  5. Brick House Cafe

    Brick House Cafe

    The Brick House cafe has been a staple in Cedar City, UT since 2010. Known throughout Southern Utah for it's world-class sandwhiches, antiques, and service.

    86 S Main St, Cedar City, UT 84720, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  6. Centro Woodfired Pizzeria

    Centro Woodfired Pizzeria pizza

    The pizza at Centro Woodfired Pizzeria is inspired by traditional Italian cooking techniques and proven family recipes handed down over generations.

    50 W Center St, Cedar City, UT 84720, USA

    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$

  7. Market Grill

    The Depot

    Market Grill is well-known in Cedar City, UT for their wide variety of Western-style food at affordable prices. You can dine in or order take out and feel free to bring your kids!

    2290 W 400 N, Cedar City, UT 84720, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  8. The Pastry Pub

    Pastry Pub

    Have a variety of salads, sandwiches, soups (seasonal), hot entrees, desserts, pastries, Italian sodas, Espresso, Coffee, and Teas!

    86 W Center St, Cedar City, UT 84720, USA

    Bar website

    american - cafe - $