Bulls Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Alex Golesh

Team Mascot: Rocky D. Bull

Year Opened: 1998

Capacity: 65890

City / State: Tampa / Florida

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend


Rival Team: UCF Knights

Each Thanksgiving weekend these two bitter instate rivals duke it out. The rivalry between UCF and USF dates back to 2005 and has been rekindled recently as both teams are now members of the American Athletic Conference. USF leads the all-time series 4-2 and will look to extend their lead this season.

Bulls Tailgate Guide


South Florida may have a relatively new football program, but that doesn’t mean the fans don’t take tailgating seriously. Several groups of diehard tailgaters get together for every game and even put on public tailgates that anyone can join in on. Tailgating is alive and well at USF where you’ll have a great time hanging out with your buddies before watching the Bulls at Raymond James Stadium.

At a South Florida tailgate, you’ll find lots of camaraderie among fellow fans, and as long as you’re in Bulls gear or colors, everyone will be happy to talk football and share in on the tailgating festivities. The strong feeling of community and the relaxed atmosphere of a Bulls tailgate creates a very pleasant tailgating experience that will have you wanting to come back for more.

The parking lots at Raymond James Stadium fill up quickly on Bulls game days, so make sure to get here five hours early to get a good spot and make the most out of your tailgate experience.


Green Water Tower

After every Bulls victory, the water tower on campus is lit up in green light. Look out for this spectacle following a Bulls win.

Bulls Tailgating Association

The Bulls Tailgating Association’s motto is “party hard, cheer harder” so if you’re looking to join one of the most raucous tailgates at a USF game then look no further. You can join in the fun for as low as $2 if you don’t need to park, so come on down and join in on the festivities.

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Where to tailgate

Bulls Stadium Guide

In Game

Raymond James Stadium provides an excellent spot to take in a football game whether it be a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game or a USF Bulls game. The stadium offers excellent sightlines and has a nice open field that allows for a gentle breeze.

At a USF Bulls game, you’ll also get the incredible opportunity to take in all the sights and sounds of a big-time college football game. The University of South Florida Herd of Thunder band puts on an outstanding performance that is worth the price of admission all on its own. All throughout the game they’ll enhance the atmosphere of a USF game by playing fan favorites such as “The Bull” as well as“Golden Brahman March.”

The USF fans also will ensure that you have an excellent time at a Bulls game. Despite not having the largest numbers the crowd here more than makes up for it with the passion they show for their Bulls. You’ll find that all throughout the game fans are standing and making noise to ensure their Bulls come out with the victory.

Things to check out

Pirate Ship

A unique aspect of Raymond James Stadium is the 103-foot, 43-ton steel and concrete replica pirate ship. No other stadium in all of the sports has one, so make sure to stop by and take a picture when attending a Bulls game.

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After every Bulls score, a cannon sound is made in celebration of the Bulls scoring. Listen for the cannon to energize the crowd and add to the festive atmosphere whenever USF scores.

Rocky the Bull

Rocky is the official mascot of the University of South Florida and can be seen on the sidelines throughout the game. Rocky pumps up the crowd with his antics and is a big part of a USF game, so keep your eyes peeled for him during games.

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University of South Florida Herd of Thunder

The 320 member band put on an outstanding display during Bulls games entertaining USF fans young and old. The pregame and halftime shows as well as the music played throughout the game, enhances the gameday atmosphere inside Raymond James Stadium and put a smile on Bulls fans faces as well.

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Fight Songs

  1. The Bull

    The Bull is played on key third downs in order to give the USF defense some added inspiration to make the stop. While performing this cheer Bulls fans wave their Bull hands in the air to really throw the opposition off of their game.

  2. Golden Brahman March

    USF Bulls are we,
    We hold our standard upright and free.
    For Green and Gold we stand united.
    Our beacon lighted and noble to see.
    USF Bulls are we,
    For USF we’ll always be.
    With all our might we fight the battle
    Here and now, and we will win the
    S-O-U-T-H F-L-O-R-I-D-A
    South Florida, South Florida
    Go Bulls Go!

  3. Alma Mater

    Hail to thee, our Alma mater
    May thy name be told,
    Where above thy gleaming splendor,
    Waves the green and gold
    Thou our guide in quest for knowledge Where we all are free University of South Florida
    Alma Mater, Hail to Thee!
    Be our guide in truth and wisdom
    As we onward go,
    May thy glory, fame and honor
    Never cease to grow May our thoughts and prayers
    Be with thee through eternity,
    University of South Florida
    Alma Mater, Hail to Thee!

Bulls Bars & Restaurants

  1. Cigar City Brewing

    Cigar City Brewing

    At Cigar City Brewing we make beer we like to drink and toast those who choose to drink with us.

    3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, FL 33607, USA

    813-348-6363 x206

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Brick House Tavern + Tap

    Brick House Tavern Tap

    Whether you want to have a relaxed date night or watch your favorite football game with your gang while feasting on great food, this is your place!

    1102 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - sportsbar - $$

  3. Tampa Bay Brewing Company

    Tampa Bay Brewing

    Tampa Bay Brewing Company is one of Florida’s first & premier Craft Breweries.

    1600 E 9th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Del Frisco’s Grille

    Del Friscos Grille

    Del Frisco’s Grille elevates any night out with hand-crafted cocktails and a refreshing, modern menu that draws inspiration from bold flavors and fresh ingredients.

    4138 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Cooper’s Hawk

    Coopers Hawk

    The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes four distinct components: an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store…all under one roof.

    4110 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. WingHouse Bar & Grill

    WingHouse Bar and Grill

    Enjoy a memorable restaurant experience filled with sports, fun, friends, and a meal that leaves you feeling satisfied.

    5003 US-301, Tampa, FL 33610, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  7. The Pub Tampa Bay

    The Pub Tampa Bay

    A true British Pub experience complete with brilliant food, drink and genuine hospitality.

    2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  8. Bar Louie

    Bar Louie

    Beer and wine connoisseurs will be impressed with the extensive selection of imports, microbrews and over 20 wines by the glass!

    2223 N Westshore Blvd, Suite B-202, Tampa, FL 33607, United States


    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Pirate’s Den

    Pirates Den

    The Pirates Den is a unique place. It's a hot place to tailgate with its prime location and lots of game time atmosphere.

    3805 N Himes Ave, Tampa, FL 33607, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  10. Suthr’n Smoke BBQ & Catering

    The best barbeque in town!

    3818 Gunn Hwy #204, Tampa, FL 33618, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  11. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

    Flemings Prime Steakhouse Wine Bar

    Join us for a drink after work and choose from our list of 100 wines by the glass, including 30 local selections made by our resident Wine Manager.

    4322 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$

  12. Tito’s Hotdogs

    Titos Hotdogs barbecue

    A great place to grab some amazingly delicious hot dogs while at the park or walking your dog!

    4009 N Himes Ave, Tampa, FL 33607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  13. Brio Tuscan Grille

    Brio Tuscan Grille

    Brio dishes are prepared with the best quality ingredients and freshest flavors, offering you the high energy of a chop house paired with the lively atmosphere of an Italian restaurant.

    2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607, USA


    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$

  14. La Teresita Restaurant

    La Teresita Restaurant

    Serving traditional Cuban and Spanish dishes the restaurant is centrally located in a Spanish neighborhood in the Tampa Bay Area minutes from the airport, Raymond James Stadium, and International Mall.

    3248 W Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33607, USA

    813-879-9704 / 813-875-2007

    Bar website

    european - $

  15. Taqueria Emanuel

    Taqueria Emanuel

    Ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce, choice selections of meat, and melted cheese; our cooks make your meal from scratch!

    2800 N Macdill Ave e, Tampa, FL 33607, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  16. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Steak

    Eddie Vs Prime Seafood and Steak

    Eddie V’s charismatic vibe serves the finest seafood and steaks. World-class wine and service. And live jazz in the V lounge.

    4400 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$

  17. The Blind Goat Food and Drink Co.

    The Blind Goat Food and Drink Co

    Here at The Blind Goat Food and Drink Co., we are striving to create a top-shelf social experience for the local community, while also staying true to the roots of American nightlife culture.

    4106 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - sportsbar - $$

  18. MacDinton’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

    MacDintons Irish Pub Restaurant

    Our food menu features some of Ireland's traditional dishes but also has something for every taste, served until midnight every night.

    405 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  19. Press Box Sports Emporium

    Press Box Sports Emporium billiard

    The Press Box is Tampa's favorite place to watch the big game and party.

    222 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  20. D&D Gourmet Deli

    Mug n Bun Burger The Mill of MacArthur Burger Fries

    "One of the best Philly Cheese Steaks in town" Excellent Rubens & Gyros cooked and carved on premises!!!

    4205 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$$$

  21. Jimbo’s Pit Bar B-Q

    Jimbos Pit Bar B Q

    Mouthwatering barbecue lunches and dinners that are marinated and cooked to perfection.

    4103 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  22. West Tampa Sandwich Shop

    West Tampa Sandwich Shop

    Home of the "Honey Cuban Sandwich"

    3904 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33607, USA

    813-873 -7104

    Bar website

    american - $

  23. Charley’ Steakhouse

    Charley Steakhouse

    Charley's Steak House focuses on providing guests with the highest quality steaks available, giving guests the most unique dining experience and the best steaks anywhere.

    4444 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607, USA

    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$