1. The Rocket
The most unique feature of the Glass Bowl, or perhaps any stadium in college football, is the Nike-Ajax Rocket located in front of the stadium. The one-ton rocket has been found outside the stadium since 1961 and is complete with fins and a rocket engine that could propel the missile to supersonic speeds. Another little-known fact about the rocket is that it’s aimed at the 50-yard line of rival Bowling Green’s Doyt Perry Stadium. When attending a game at the Glass Bowl make sure to check out the rocket as it is a must see for anyone in attendance.
2. The Jambulance
One of the most well-known and beloved Rockets tailgate vehicles is the Jambulance. The Jambulance is a 1993 Ford Ambulance equipped with a full-sized grill, a 32-inch TV, video games, a four-speaker stereo system, and much more. The Jambulance’s lights have even been converted from the traditional red and blue to the Rocket’s colors of blue and gold. When in Toledo no tailgating experience is complete without stopping by the Jambulance and taking in the sights and sounds of this one of a kind tailgate vehicle.
3. Rockets Hall of Fame
The Rockets Hall of Fame is located in Savage Hall, which is located only a block away from the Glass Bowl. Stop by the Rockets Hall of Fame to pay tribute to all the greatest Rockets of the past and to learn more about the history of Toledo athletics.
4. Blue Crew
The Blue Crew is comprised of the most diehard Rockets fans around. This group of dedicated Rockets followers attends both home and away football games dressed in blue and gold wigs, gold masks, and painters overalls. If you think you’re truly a die hard Rockets fan, then join the Blue Crew on game day.
5. Rocket Marching Band
The Rocket Marching Band is comprised of around 160 members including the color guard, musicians, the Dancing Rockettes, and a featured twirler. During games, the band adds a lot to the atmosphere through both their pregame and halftime performances, as well as their in-game compositions that pump up the crowd at exactly the right time.
6. Player Banners and Retired Numbers
Inside the Glass Bowl, you’ll find even more tributes to former greats. The concourse is lined with banners of former Rockets greats, like Chester Taylor, and there are retired numbers on display as well giving fans a great feel for the history and tradition of Toledo football.
7. Rocky the Rocket
Rocky the Rocket has been the official Toledo Rockets mascots since 1966 and can be seen at almost every Rockets athletics event. Rocky performs a variety of antics that entertain and energize the crowd throughout the game so be on the lookout for Rocky, as you’ll never know what he’ll do next.
8. Battle of I-75
The annual rivalry between the Rockets and the Bowling Green Falcons dates back to 1980 when the Falcons took down the Rockets 17-6. The rivalry has been played every year since then with the winner taking home the Peace Pipe Trophy initially and now the Battle of I-75 Trophy. These two Ohio-based universities are only 25 miles apart, so there are plenty of fans from both sides in attendance when these two meet creating a tense and fun game day atmosphere.
9. The Glass Bowl
The Toledo Rockets play their home games at the historic Glass Bowl, which has served as the Rockets home since 1937. The Glass Bowl is a great place to catch a college football game, as the stadium does a fantastic job of merging the old with the new to create a one of a kind gameday experience. Take in all the sights and sounds of the historic Glass Bowl when watching the Toledo Rockets take down the opposition.
10. Alumni Tailgate
If you’re a Toledo alumni than there is no better place to tailgate than the Alumni Tailgate. The Alumni Tailgate is located at the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion and provides a great place for alumni to get together before the game.