Cardinals games have a spectacular atmosphere as everyone is on the edge of their seat throughout the game. Fans here come to do one thing, which is to cheer on the Cards. Win or lose Cardinals fans always have their team’s back. Football has a strong history at Louisville, as it is the alma mater of Johnny Unitas, meaning that the fans here not only are very passionate but are also very knowledgeable when it comes to the game.
Louisville games get off to a soaring start as before every home game the Cardinal mascot parachutes into the stadium. Not only is this a great way to get the crowd pumped up, but it also signals to the tailgaters outside the stadium that the game is about to start. Look for the parachuting bird to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.
Once the game kicks off, you’ll see even more pageantry on display. Louisville is home to an incredible marching band, and the cheer and dance teams are great as well. The Red Rage Marching Band has appeared on national TV several times, and the Ladybirds dance team have won seven national titles, so you know you’ll be in for a treat when attending a Cardinals game.
The excellent fan support and pageantry make attending a Louisville football game a great time for any diehard college football fan.
Things to check out
Johnny Unitas Statue
Johnny Unitas is the greatest player to have ever played for the Cardinals and as such he has been immortalized by a statue that sits in the north end zone right outside the Schnellenberger Complex.
Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex
The Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex is home to the football offices as well as the football team’s conditioning center. If you want to see where things go on behind the scenes of Cardinals football, then stop by the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex.
Brown and Williamson Club
Located at the back of the press box, the Brown and Williamson Club contains several ballrooms that can be rented out for receptions. If you’re looking to entertain a large group at a Cardinals game, then reserve space in the Brown and Williamson Club.Watch video
Cardinal Bird Parachute
Before every home game, the Cardinal mascot parachutes into the stadium. Not only is this a great way to get the crowd pumped up, but it also signals to the tailgaters outside the stadium that the game is about to start. Look for the parachuting bird to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.Watch video
Card Chronicle Bird Mask
This mask resembling the logo of the Card Chronicle blog became popular during Louisville’s very successful 2012-13 season. Its popularity has only grown since then as not only has it been often featured on the blog and frequently seen during Louisville game broadcasts, but it has even spawned its pre-game march similar to the Card March. Keep your eyes peeled for the Card Chronicles Bird Mask and the Card Chronicles Bird Mask March when you’re at a Louisville game.Watch video
A train whistle is blown in celebration of each and every Cardinals score. The whistle originated due to the school’s proximity to the railroad tracks and had become a mainstay over the years. Get ready to hear this whistle often as Louisville runs up the score on the opposition.
One unique Cardinals football traditions is the victory lap. After every win, the players walk around the field and give a high-five to every fan. The tradition began at the end of the 1990 season and had been going strong ever since as it provides a great way for the players to show their appreciation to the fans.
Cheerleading & Lady Birds
Both the cheerleaders and dance squads at Louisville are critically acclaimed as the cheerleading squad has won 15 national titles, while the dance squad known as the Ladybirds are no slouches either having cemented seven national titles of their own. The football game isn’t the only show on display at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium as these two squads are sure to put on quite a performance of their own.Watch video
Red Rage Marching Band
The University of Louisville’s Red Rage Marching Band plays each and every Cardinals home game. They much like the cheer and dance squad are quite the accomplished group as not only have they made appearances on ESPN, ABC World News Tonight, and even Oprah. They are also the band that has been chosen each year to play My Old Kentucky Home at the Kentucky Derby. Keep your eyes and ears open during halftime as you don’t want to miss the Red Rage Marching Band.Watch video
Throwing Up an "L"
One of the best ways to show off your school spirit is through Louisville’s “L” hand signal. To make this signal just stick your right thumb out while raising your index and middle finger. This hand signal is an excellent way to show off your Cardinals pride, and if you use it often, you’ll make friends quickly at the game.Watch video
UL Alma Mater
We thy loyal sons now stand
To sing thy highest praise.
With deepest rev’rence in our hearts
For these our college days.
Thy honor true we all defend
‘Tis known we love thee well.
Our thought for years to come will be
Of thee our U of L!
Fight U of L
Fight now for victory and show them
How we sure will win this game
Fight on you Card’nals and prove to them
That we deserve our fame.
Rah, Rah, Rah!
Roll up the score now and beat the foe
So we can give a yell
With a FIGHT! give them all you’ve got
For we are with you U of L.
C-A-R-D-S, C-A-R-D-S (faster)
GO, CARDS, GO!
All Hail U of L
All hail to thee our U of L
As we stand up for her fame.
All hail to thee our U of L
As we fight to win this game.
Sing praises for a victory,
We wish our heroes well.
All hail the Cardinal Spirit.
All hail our U of L!