Northern Colorado Bears Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Ed McCaffrey

Team Mascot: Klawz

Year Opened: 1995

Capacity: 8533

City / State: Greeley / Colorado

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Northern Colorado vs North Dakota

Rival Team: North Dakota Fighting Hawks

Northern Colorado and North Dakota had a fierce rivalry during the two teams days in Division II, and since the Fighting Hawks moved to the Big Sky in 2012, the rivalry has been renewed. You won’t want to miss it when these two longtime rivals square off, so make sure to be in attendance when UND comes to town.

Embed from Getty Images

Northern Colorado vs South Dakota State

Rival Team: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Northern Colorado had an intense rivalry with South Dakota during the two teams time in the North Central Conference. The Bears and Coyotes haven’t met since 2010, but the rivalry will be renewed with a home and home series in 2018 and 2019. Don’t miss it when the rivalry is rekindled as you’ll be in for a good matchup.

Northern Colorado Bears Tailgate Guide


Tailgating is a fun part of the Northern Colorado game day experience meaning you’ll want to get here early to get the most out of your trip. Lot Y is full of tailgaters on game days creating a festive atmosphere surrounding the game. Better yet, these tailgaters are quite friendly so bring something to share, and you’ll make friends quickly.

Additionally, if you don’t feel like going through the hassle of setting up a tailgate party, you can easily just enjoy Bears Fan Fest. Bears Fan Fest features a beer garden, live music, kids entertainment, and more making it an excellent place to hang out before the game.

Tailgating gives you the full Northern Colorado game day experience, so arrive early and enjoy everything a Northern Colorado pregame experience has to offer.


Bears Fan Fest

Make sure to check out Fan Fest before the game. Fan Fest features a beer garden, live music, inflatables, and other activities making it the perfect place to hang out before the game.

Where to tailgate

Northern Colorado Bears Stadium Guide

In Game

Northern Colorado may not be the biggest school, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a lot of fun attending a Bears game. Nottingham Field may be a bit on the small side, but it also provides an intimate atmosphere that you won’t find at other large schools. You’ll be able to get up close to the action and no matter where you’re sitting you’ll be on top of the action.

The intimate atmosphere provided by the stadium isn’t the only thing that makes attending a Bears game an enjoyable experience. The spirit groups at Northern Colorado put on a fantastic show. The Pride of the Rockies provides an incredible in-game atmosphere with their music, and you won’t be able to help but join in the UNC Cheer Team’s cheers and chants.

Northern Colorado provides a fun small school football game day experience, so don’t hesitate to plan your trip to Greeley, Colorado today.

Things to check out

Pride of the Rockies

The Pride of the Rockies create the majority of the atmosphere at Bears football games and are a can’t miss part of any game. The band puts on a fantastic performance, so enjoy their tunes throughout the game.

play Watch video


Don’t miss Northern Colorado’s mascot Klawz at the game. Klawz gets into all kinds of shenanigans during the game, and if you see him in the stands, make sure to give him a high-five.

play Watch video

UNC Cheer Team

The UNC Cheer Team keeps the crowd pumped up throughout the game with their cheers and chants. Join in and help give the Bears as much of a home field advantage as possible.

play Watch video

Sugar Bears Dance Team

Stay in your seat when you see the Sugar Bears Dance Team take the field. The Sugar Bears Dance Team will dazzle you with their routines making them one of the best parts of any Northern Colorado football game.

play Watch video

Fight Songs

  1. UNC Fight Song

    On down the field we go to victory,
    The colors navy blue & gold.
    And to our fighting team
    we hold our spirit high.
    The mighty Bears are we …. GO BEARS!!
    Fight, fight to win each battle fairly,
    The only way we e’er shall be,
    We shout out the name,
    To keep the fame and glory to old U-N-C!

  2. Ah! Well I Remember

    Ah! Well I remember,
    Friends of “Purple and Gold.
    Friends met in September,
    Pledging their Faith to hold.
    Gone, Friends of September,
    Gone dear friends of old.
    Time never shall sever,
    Friends of “Purple and Gold.
    Time never shall sever,
    Friends of “Purple and Gold.

Northern Colorado Bears Bars & Restaurants

  1. Wiley Roots Brewing Company

    Wiley Roots Brewing Company beer

    At Wiley Roots, we believe beer should be unique, crafted from the highest quality ingredients, and brewed with a sense of responsibility – to the craft and to the surrounding community.

    625 3rd St d, Greeley, CO 80631, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  2. WeldWerks Brewing Co.

    beer WeldWerks Brewing Co

    Great selection of beers and nice cool atmosphere!

    508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Patrick’s Irish Pub

    Anchor Bar Beer Dega Brewhouse Beer Phoenix Grill & Bar Beer The Canadian Brewhouse Beer Lil Dickys

    Great tap list and whiskeys, served by friendly bartenders.

    909 8th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631, USA

    Bar website

    european - $$

  4. Key Largo Lounge

    beer Billy Jacks Wing Draft Shack Roost Great American Pub

    A nice and clean bar where you can go, relax and melt all your worries away over a few good beers.

    3621 W 10th St, Greeley, CO 80634, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  5. Lit’l Bit Bar & Grill


    Lit’l Bit Bar and Grill brings together a little bit of everything under one roof. It’s where you go to relax after work with a beer and some wings, or to reunite with friends over a game of pool.

    3620 35th Ave #8, Evans, CO 80620, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  6. The Jager Bar


    This is the place to go for feel-good pizza!

    822 9th St, Greeley, CO 80631, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  7. Outriders Bar & Grill

    Souris Saloon Silhouette Lounge

    We are a bar and grill, we have sports on, we have amazing food, karaoke on Saturday nights!

    5750 W 10th St, Greeley, CO 80634, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  8. Wyler’s Pub & Grill

    Wylers Pub and Grill

    You will find all you need right here at Wyler's Pub & Grill. From your favorite cocktails, mixed by our master bartenders at our fully stocked bar, to pool, darts, and live entertainment.

    2385 W 27th St #513, Greeley, CO 80634, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Kenny’s Steak House


    Serving high quality, homemade food with friendly and knowledgeable service.

    3502 W 10th St, Greeley, CO 80634, USA

    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  10. Greeley Chophouse


    Greeley Chophouse brings fine dining to Northern Colorado. It is the perfect place to entertain business associates, or for a romantic date night.

    804 8th St, Greeley, CO 80631, USA

    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$

  11. Santeramo’s Pizza House and Italian Food

    Daves New Kitchen

    “Santeramo's is an Italian family restaurant steeped in tradition, with mouth watering dished and a comfortable atmosphere you will want to come back before we even say..see you next time friend."

    1229 10th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631, USA

    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$

  12. La Mariposa

    fajitas Mexican

    Satisfy your craving for mouthwatering Mexican cuisine.

    3055 65th Ave, Greeley, CO 80634, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  13. Roma West


    Open kitchen concept, friendly staff, great food available for dine-in or take out, and a great price.

    5750 W 10th St, Greeley, CO 80634, USA

    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $

  14. Lucky Fins Seafood Grill

    sushi japanese

    Where great quality and affordability come together! Lucky Fins brings back the fun in seafood!

    4530 Centerplace Dr, Greeley, CO 80634, USA

    Bar website

    asian - $$

  15. Fat Albert’s

    Trojan Horse

    Award Winning sandwiches and desserts.

    1717 23rd Ave, Greeley, CO 80634, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  16. Pellegrini Ristorante Italiano


    Pellegrini offers Greeley’s best and only truly authentic Italian restaurant.

    2400 17th St, Greeley, CO 80634, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$