1. John Heisman Statue
Heisman was the coach at Akron from 1893 to 1894 and is honored with a statue in the south end zone. Stop by the statue commemorating this legend’s time at Akron to get the most out of your visit to InfoCision Stadium.
2. Zips Fest Tailgate Town
Tailgate Town offers an excellent place to hang out and spend some time before going into the stadium to cheer on the Akron Zips. Here you’ll find numerous activities to take part in including inflatables, games, live music, and all sorts of gameday entertainment. You can even reserve your spot in tailgate town if you’re looking to entertain a large party, so stop on by and join in on all the pregame fun Akron has to offer.
3. Team Store
The team store, located on the south side of the stadium, is your one stop shop for anything Zips-related. Whether you’re looking for something to wear to the game and show off your Akron pride or a souvenir to commemorate your trip you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here.
4. Wagon Wheel Trophy
Akron and Kent State are only 10 miles apart creating a strong rivalry between these two schools from northeast Ohio. The rivalry began in 1923 when the Zips shutout Kent State 32-0, but the Wagon Wheel trophy wasn’t added to the rivalry until 1946. Things intensified in 1992 when Akron joined the Mid-American Conference, and the two teams have faced off every year since then. The proximity and long history between these two rivals mean you’ll be in for quite the treat when these two bitter rivals get together on the gridiron.
5. Touchdown Celebrations
After a Zips touchdown, the cannon inside of the stadium fires off a tremendous shot and is followed up by a train horn. The cannon and horn get the crowd especially pumped after each and every Zip touchdown and brings the entire crowd to their feet, so keep your eyes and ears peeled after every Zips touchdown to experience the excitement for yourself.
6. Speaking the Language
While the team’s official nickname is the Zips, the mascot is Zippy the Kangaroo. The fans refer to the stadium as the “Roo Zoo” and often refer to the team or a player as a Roo. So when the linebacker crushes a wideout over the middle feel free to refer to him as “one nasty Roo.” This will help you fit right in with the rest on the Roo spotters.
7. Pride of Ohio Band
At Akron games, you’ll find the band makes their presence well known throughout the game. There is a great deal of pride on display when the Pride of Ohio Band takes the field, so to put it simply this band has some swagger in their step during performances.
8. Grassy Knoll
The grassy knoll in the south end zone seats 3,000 fans and provides a unique view of the action that you won’t find at many other stadiums throughout the country. If you’re looking to experience something a little different, then the grassy area in the south end zone is a great place to take in the game.
9. Lot 9
If you’re looking to go the whole nine yards and set up a tailgate of your own then Lot 9 in the place to be. Lot 9 is home to the most diehard tailgaters at Akron and will give you a chance to not only show off your Saturday best but will also let you see some of the best tailgates Akron has to offer.
10. Instate Rivals
Outside of their fierce matchups with Kent State Zips fans also tend to come out in strong numbers to support their team when they take on other instate rivals including the Ohio Bobcats, Bowling Green Falcons, and Toledo Rockets. There are plenty of opposing teams in town for these matchups, and bragging rights are always on the line, so don’t miss out on attending these heated instate rivalry games.