Central Arkansas Bears Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Nathan Brown

Team Mascot: Bruce D. Bear[

Year Opened: 1939

Capacity: 10000

City / State: Conway / Arizona

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Red Beans and Rice Bowl

Rival Team: McNeese State Cowboys

The Red Beans and Rice Bowl is the name of the annual rivalry game between the Central Arkansas Bears and McNeese State Cowboys. The rivalry is named after the importance the rice industry has in both Louisiana and Arkansas, and each year the winner takes home a bronze bowl trophy. The series is tied at 5-5, so make sure to be in attendance when the Bears try to take the lead this season.

Central Arkansas Bears Tailgate Guide


UCA is home to one of the best tailgating scenes in the FCS as fans from all over the area come to Bruce Street to party before the game. Bears fans love to tailgate, and it shows on game days as the university closes down an entire street creating a fun block party atmosphere. Everywhere you look on game days you’ll see a sea of purple and gray along Bruce Street, so come prepared to tailgate and enjoy the pregame festivities at Central Arkansas.

In addition to a fun tailgating atmosphere, Bruce Street is also where you can catch the Bear Walk before the game. The Bear Walk takes place two hours and fifteen minutes before kickoff and is your chance to cheer on the Bears as they make their way to the stadium. There are few better ways to get into the UCA spirit than the Bear Walk, making it a must-see part of the UCA tailgating experience.

Finally, if you’re taking the kids to the game or looking for some pre-game entertainment, stop by Bear Grounds. At Bear Grounds, you’ll have the opportunity to win prizes and kids will be able to enjoy bouncy houses and other activities before the game.

The tailgating scene at UCA is among the best in the FCS, so arrive early and enjoy everything that Bruce Street has to offer before the game.


Bear Walk

During the Bear Walk, the team and band march down Bruce Street to the stadium approximately two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff. The Bear is your chance to give the Bears some last minute inspiration, so don’t miss it during your trip to Central Arkansas.

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Bear Grounds

Located in front of the Farris Center, Bear Grounds features giveaways, kids activities, large screen TVs with games from around the country, and much more. Stop by Bear Grounds three hours before the game and enjoy the pregame festivities.

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Where to tailgate

Central Arkansas Bears Stadium Guide

In Game

The stands at Estes Stadium are packed full of dedicated fans on game days making a Bears game a fun experience for any FCS football fan. UCA students, alumni, and fans come out in large numbers to support the team making it difficult for opposing teams to walk away with the W and creating a great atmosphere inside the stadium.

The Bear Marching Band, Bruce D. Bear, and the cheer team also create a fun atmosphere at Bears games. The band’s performances are must-see parts of any game, and you won’t be able to help but join in the chants and cheers lead by the cheerleaders.

Finally, the unique look of the purple and gray turf at Estes Stadium gives Bears games a one of a kind feel. The alternating color scheme makes it easier to see the ball marching down the field, and the colors let everyone in attendance know that they’re at the home of the Bears.

A UCA Bears football game is a lot of fun making a trip to Conway, Arkansas a must for any die-hard FCS football fan.

Things to check out

Purple and Gray Field

Estes Stadium is home to a unique playing surface that alternates between purple and gray creating a unique feel you won’t find elsewhere. The one of a kind turf design also gives the Bears a nice home field advantage as well. Enjoy the sight of the purple and gray turf when attending a Bears game.

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Kidz Bounce Zone

Located in the South End Zone, the Kidz Bounce Zone is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained throughout the game. The Kidz Bounce Zone opens 45 minutes before the game, so stop by with the kids before or during the game.

Bear Marching Band

The Bear Marching Band puts on a fantastic show at UCA football games making them a must-see part of any game. Both their pregame and halftime shows are excellent, so stay in your seat when you see the Bear Marching Band take the field.

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Bruce D. Bear

Keep an eye out for the UCA mascot Bruce D. Bear at the game. Bruce gets into all kinds of shenanigans throughout the game and is especially popular among young fans.

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Join the UCA cheerleaders as they cheer on the Bears to victory. The cheer team performs a variety of routines at the game and will get you up and cheering no matter what the score.

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Fight Songs

  1. UCA Fight Song

    Go-Go-Fight Bears
    You will lead us on to victory
    Hey, go-go-win team
    Bears will charge the field and never yield
    We’ve got the spir-it, and we’ll show our colors
    Here tonight-so let’s cheer
    The Purple and the Gray Team
    Mighty BEARS will win the FIGHT (Go Bears!)

  2. UCA Alma Mater

    From the hills and from the lowlands,
    Comes the song of praise anew;
    Sung by thousands of our children,
    Alma Mater we sing to you.
    (Break it down)
    Then we’ll unfurl our colors the Purple and the Gray
    And in the breezes see them ever proudly sway;
    They lead us upward, they lead us onward,
    They lead us to victory (Go Bears!).
    Then let us gather round with loyal hearts and true,
    Our Alma Mater’s call OBEY;
    Our dear old colors will live forever,
    The Royal PURPLE and the GRAY.

Central Arkansas Bears Bars & Restaurants

  1. Kings Live Music

    Kings Live Music

    Live music, great drinks, and awesome crowd.

    1020 Front St #102, Conway, AR 72032, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. TC’s Midtown


    Where all us regular people can come and hang out and have a good time.

    1611 E Oak St #19, Conway, AR 72032, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. JJ’s Grill of Conway

    Bar Champs Beer Tailgates Sports Bar and Grill Rhody Joes

    Do your mouth a favor and experience the variety JJ’s has to offer. Bring your family in for great food and free live music, all in a unique atmosphere.

    1010 Main St, Conway, AR 72032, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. ZAZA

    ZAZA pizza

    Southern Italian classics that fueled our passion for cooking, as well as the beloved flavors of our own Southern American surroundings and personal culinary experiences.

    1050 Ellis Ave #110, Conway, AR 72032, USA

    Bar website

    american - pizza - $$

  5. Tio’s Mexican Restaurant

    La Isla mexican El Toro Bar Grill

    Amazing Mexican food with generous portions and at fair prices.

    710 S Salem Rd, Conway, AR 72034, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  6. Mike’s Place

    The Grill burger fries

    Only the best food available; from fresh chicken, hand-made sauces and dressings to the most tender prime rib in Arkansas.

    808 Front St, Conway, AR 72032, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Eat My Catfish

    Eat My Catfish

    We are the place you go when you need a catfish fix, and nothing else will help.

    2125 Harkrider St #52, Conway, AR 72032, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  8. MarketPlace Grill

    MarketPlace Grill

    Great food and amazing service.

    600 Skyline Dr, Conway, AR 72032, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Purple Cow Restaurant

    Purple Cow Restaurant

    Guests come here for gourmet burgers, specialty sandwiches and old-fashioned soda fountain treats – especially the iconic, hand-dipped purple vanilla shake.

    1055 Steel Ave, Conway, AR 72032, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Stoby’s Restaurant

    Taphouse burger Riverfront Bar Grill

    Homemade American breakfast. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, soups, and of course, our world famous cheese dip!

    805 Donaghey Ave, Conway, AR 72034, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  11. La Huerta Mexican Restaurant

    Pacos Mobile Tacos

    Mexican cuisine on our menu includes robust flavors in everything from burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas to taco salad and other traditional, family-style, and delicious dishes.

    1052 Harrison St, Conway, AR 72032, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  12. Bears Den Pizza

    Pizza Rock Falls Tavern Humboldt Steel Corp Restaurant Bar

    Bear’s Den Pizza is a restaurant & music venue specializing in the best pizza & live entertainment in all of Conway, Arkansas. We also serve salads, sandwiches, calzones, pasta, appetizers, and much more!

    235 Farris Rd, Conway, AR 72034, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $