Wolf Pack Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Ken Wilson

Team Mascot: Alphie and Wolfie Jr.

Year Opened: 1966

Capacity: 27000

City / State: Reno / Nevada

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Battle of Nevada

Rival Team: UNLV Rebels

There is no love lost between Nevada and instate rivals UNLV, as these two teams have had a profound hatred for each other since they first met in 1969. Each time these teams have met since 1970 the winner of the game has walked away with the Fremont Cannon, which was introduced by Nevada alum and UNLV’s first football coach Bill Ireland. Over the years this rivalry has taken a bit of a backseat to others due to the two teams not being in the same conference. However since Nevada joined the Mountain West in 2012, the rivalry has picked up again.

Nevada vs Boise State

Rival Team: Boise State Broncos

Nevada’s rivalry with Boise State is one of their longest-running rivalries, as the two schools have met every year since 1971 with few exceptions. The rivalry goes back all the way to when both of these schools were D1-AA meaning there is a lot of history between these two teams. One of Nevada’s biggest wins in the series occurred in 2010 when the Wolf Pack knocked off the Broncos 34-31 costing them a bid to the Rose Bowl. There have been many fierce battles between these two teams, so you should expect a good game when these two foes clash.

Wolf Pack Tailgate Guide


When it comes to tailgate options, Nevada’s got you covered. You’ll find a wide variety of tailgate options at Nevada, which means you’ll be able to have a great pregame experience regardless of your budget. Here at Nevada, you’ll find everything from free tailgate lots to expensive tailgate packages that can run a hefty price.

One of the more exciting tailgating packages at Nevada is the Mackay Stadium Party Patio, which allows you tailgate throughout the game. Perfect for those of you hate having to leave the tailgate to enter the game. The Party Patio is a one of a kind treat that tailgate lovers everywhere would like to have at their home stadium.

The Wolf Pack are the only game in town, which means fans are sure to come out for Wolf Pack games and tailgate regardless of the weather or the temperature. You’ll see fans outside Mackay Stadium four hours before kickoff firing up the grills and guzzling a few beers all throughout the fall in Reno.

School pride is also very high at Nevada games. You’ll find the band and pep squads all around the tailgate pumping up the fans as everyone gets ready for another Wolf Pack Gameday. The strong school spirit and fun relaxed atmosphere make Reno a great place to take in a football game in the fall.


Legacy Hall

The home to the Nevada athletics department also houses the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame and Champions exhibit. Here you’ll find tributes to some of the best athletes in Wolf Pack history, so when in town make sure to take the time and stop by.

Mackay Stadium Party Patio

The Party Patio provides you with a space inside the stadium where you can tailgate from two hours before the game until it finishes. The package includes food, drinks, and of course tickets to the game. These patios can hold 25 to 200 people and are perfect for those who want to tailgate all throughout the game.

Pack Party Tailgate Packages

Regardless of your tailgate needs the University of Nevada has you covered with a bevy of tailgate package choices. These packages include ample tailgating necessities including parking spaces, tables, chairs, and much more.

Where to tailgate

Wolf Pack Stadium Guide

In Game

Mackay Stadium is a set of four metal bleachers, which play a significant role in making a trip to Reno a difficult place for opponents to play. The fans here love to use the bleachers to make a raucous and support their team, as you’ll find all throughout the game the student section is jumping up and down on the bleachers.

It’s not just the bleachers that contribute to the loud and uproarious atmosphere found at a Wolf Pack football game. The fans chants and cheers also come in loud and strong with the Blue Crew, in particular, showcasing the strong fan support of the Nevada faithful. These students know how to get behind their Wolf Pack and how to get in the heads of opposing players.

It’s not just the fans or action on the field that make attending a Nevada Wolf Pack game a great game day experience, but the scenery as well. The Sierra Nevada Mountains surround the stadium creating a gorgeous view that you’ll struggle to take your eyes off of to pay attention to the game. If you’re lucky enough to attend a night game, you can even see some of the lights and displays from the casinos that are just down the road. The incredible view here really adds to the atmosphere of attending a Wolf Pack football game.

The excellent fan support and beautiful surroundings of Mackay Stadium make a trip to Reno well worth your time, so head out to Nevada for a game next time you get a chance.

Things to check out

Wolf Pack Statue

When at Mackay Stadium stop by and snap a picture with this incredible statue. The statue shows off the school’s Wolf Pack pride and is a must see when visiting Mackay Stadium.

Party Box

The Party Boxes at Mackay Stadium allow you to experience the game in style along with 23 of your closest friends. Along with the Party Box, you’ll receive free food and a full bar making it well worth your while if you’re looking to make a party out of your Wolf Pack game day experience.

Pride of Sierra

The Pride of Sierra Marching Band knows how to pump up the crowd. All throughout the game you’ll hear a variety of tunes that let everyone know to get loud and support the Wolf Pack.

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Alphie and Wolfie Jr.

Alphie and Wolfie Jr. are the Nevada mascots. These costumed wolves roam around during the game entertaining and pumping up the crowd. Keep your eyes peeled for Alphie and Wolfie Jr. during the game.

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Fight Songs

  1. N-E-V-A-D-A! Chant




  2. That’s a Wolfpack...FIRST DOWN!

    That’s a Wolfpack…

  3. Kickoff Chant

    Before kickoff all of the Wolf Pack fans chant Battle Readyyyyyy! and then once the kicker kicks the ball everyone yells BOOM!

    Battle Readyyyyyy!

  4. Fight Song

    HAIL to our sturdy team, loyal and true, MARCH, march on down the field oh Silver and Blue!
    We’ll give a long cheer for NEVADA’s team,
    See them break through again, Fighting for our own U of N to victory.  HAIL to our sturdy team, loyal and true,
    MARCH, march on down the field oh Silver and Blue!
    HAIL to our sturdy team, loyal and true,
    MARCH, march on down the field oh Silver and Blue!  (CHANT)
    N – E – V – A – D – A NEVADA!

  5. Alma Mater

    Where the Truckee’s snowfed waters,
    Drop from mountain’s crest,
    And the meadows meet the sagebrush,  by the sun caressed.  Cradled by the silver mountains,
    ‘Neath the western blue,
    Stands our noble Alma Mater,
    Our Nevada U.
    As the miner, on the desert,
    Prospects ev’ry place,  So Nevada seeks the future
    With an upturned face.
    Ev’rywhere she gathers knowledge,  All that’s good and true,
    Gives she to her sons and daughters,
    Of Nevada U.
    We will ever live to serve her,
    Live to give our best, Live to make our Alma Mater
    Pride of all the West. Let her praises wake the echoes,
    While we pledge anew,  Hearts and minds and hands and voices
    To Nevada U.

Wolf Pack Bars & Restaurants

  1. Our Bar

    Our Bar pool

    You can come for the food and stay for a beer, maybe you'd like to stop by for a game of pool or darts and work up an appetite!

    211 W 1st St, Reno, NV 89501, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  2. Shooters Saloon

    Shooters Saloon bar

    A great bar with amazing atmosphere and fantastic food and drinks!

    434 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  3. The Stick Sports Lounge

    The Stick Sports Lounge

    A family friendly sports lounge, The Stick is the first of its kind in the downtown area. We have a menu with better-than-bar-fare options for foodies, families and sports fans alike.

    95 N Sierra St #101, Reno, NV 89501, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  4. The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery

    The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery

    Whether creating our spirits, beer or food, we subscribe to the theory that with care and passion, our craft offerings can be greater than the sum of their simple parts.

    325 E 4th St, Reno, NV 89512, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Club Cal Neva

    Club Cal Neva fries burger

    This Reno Casino truly provides a classic Reno experience. Gaming includes slots, blackjack, pai gow, poker, roulette, craps and more.

    38 E 2nd St, Reno, NV 89501, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Little Waldorf Saloon

    Little Waldorf Saloon

    Reno's most historic Establishment. Featuring forty-five varieties of hand crafted beers and premium only spirits!

    1661 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  7. Pub N’ Sub

    Pub N Sub beer

    Great pizzas, sandwiches, bar food, and an amazing selection of beers!

    1000 Ralston St, Reno, NV 89503, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  8. Laughing Planet Cafe

    Laughing Planet Cafe

    The Laughing Planet approach to food is simple and straightforward, and looks like this: get the food from the farm to your plate as quickly as possible, and in the least complicated way.

    941 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Old Granite Street Eatery

    Old Granite Street Eatery

    Combined with constantly rotating craft beer selections, focused wine options and hand crafted cocktails, Old Granite Street Eatery looks to be a casual affordable everyday option for neighbors and community to share in great food and drink.

    243 S Sierra St, Reno, NV 89501, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Roxy


    For an unforgettable dining experience visit Roxy, the Eldorado Resort Casino’s award winning bistro.

    345 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$

  11. Antonio’s Mexican Grill

    Antonios Mexican Grill

    Your local downtown taqueria that offers authentic Mexican fresh fast food, full bar unique cocktails, and wine.

    95 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89501, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  12. Archie’s Giant Hamburgers & Breakfast

    Archies Giant Hamburgers Breakfast

    Home of the world-famous giant hamburger!

    2195 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$