Colorado State and Wyoming have a long-running rivalry that dates back all the way to 1899 when the Rams shutout the Cowboys 12-0. The rivalry saw the addition of the Bronze Boot in 1968, which was started by the ROTC detachments of the two schools. Colorado State is probably Wyoming's biggest rival, so make sure to be in attendance for this game if possible.
Hawaii and Wyoming play for the Paniolo Trophy when these to Mountain West rivals clash. The trophy gets its name from the Hawaiian word for cowboy and has been contested since 1978 when these two schools first met. Wyoming has a 13-9 all-time lead and has won six of the last seven meetings.
The rivalry between Utah State and Wyoming dates back to 1903 when Aggies shutout Wyoming 46-0. The rivalry has grown since then, and in 2013 it was named Bridger’s Battle with the winner taking home a .50 caliber Rocky Mountain Hawken rifle. The Aggies lead the all-time series 37-24-4, but the Cowboys will look to narrow the gap when these two rivals meet this season.
Cowboys Tailgate Guide
Tailgating is not only permitted at all the parking lots around Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium; it is actually encouraged. There is a great deal of tailgating to be had at Wyoming as the fans come out in strong numbers to party before the game and support their team, so come prepared to let down your hair and join in on the pregame fun.
You’ll find Cowboys fans come from all over the state to see Wyoming football games in Laramie. Wyoming may be one of the least populated states in the union, but that doesn’t mean that the fans who come to Cowboys football games are any less passionate than those of more populated states like New York. In fact, you’ll find there is a deep level of camaraderie among Cowboys fans as everyone here loves Wyoming.
Wyoming fans aren’t afraid to go big when it comes to tailgating as there are plenty of people who not only have their own large tailgate parties, but they also have their own large smokers. Don’t be afraid to go all out when attending a Wyoming tailgate as you surely won’t be the only one who looks like they’re ready to throw the biggest party of their life.
At Wyoming, you’ll also find a wealth of pregame activities to take part in thanks to the Pepsi Pregame Zone. Inside the Indoor Practice Facility, you’ll find anything you could possible want in a tailgate experience including food, drinks, live music, and plenty of fun pregame activities like football toss and bouncy houses.
Pepsi Pregame ZoneIf you’re looking to partake in some great pregame activities then look no further than the Pepsi Pregame Zone. The Pepsi Pregame Zone is located in the Indoor Practice Facility, Ford Stadium Lot, and “Tailgate Alley.” Here you can find food, drinks, nationally televised games, live music, and plenty of fun games and activities for kids.
Tailgate AlleyTailgate Alley is reserved for the most dedicated tailgaters, so if you want to tailgate with the best make sure to reserve your spot at 5 pm the day before the game. You’ll even receive a ten ft by ten ft tents, a Wyoming barbecue set, and a three ft by five ft flag.
Cowboys Stadium Guide
One of the most unique things about attending a game at War Memorial Stadium is the fact it is the highest Division I college football stadium. Listed officially at 7,220 feet above sea level, War Memorial Stadium is more than a mile above sea level providing Wyoming quite the home field advantage.
The mountainous location of War Memorial Stadium also leads to it providing a fantastic view as the stadium is set right between the Rocky Mountains and the Laramie Range. You’ll find the drive to Laramie and views from the stadium are second to none when it comes to taking in natural beauty at a college football game.
It’s not just the amazing location and views of War Memorial Stadium that make a trip to see the Cowboys highly enjoyable; the fans also provide a rocking atmosphere that is well worth the price of admission. You’ll find a great party atmosphere here in Laramie as everyone no matter what their age loves to get up and get loud when supporting the Cowboys. The music played throughout the game also really plays to the crowd by playing a variety of country music and classic rock, which keeps the energy level high even when things aren’t going the Cowboys way.
The Arch was built in 2010 and is a massive free standing video screen that provides fans excellent replays of all the action on the field. The Arch also serves a bit part in the Cowboys pregame entrance as before every game Wyoming runs through the Arch onto the field.
Located right by the Arch Cowboy Tough features a cowboy riding a bucking bronco. Fanning a Twister is located at the main entrance of the athletic complex and portrays the Cowboy spirit just like Cowboy Tough, so stop by both of these statues for the excellent photo op they provide.
The Wyoming marching band is fun to watch and keeps everyone pumped up and engaged with the action on the field throughout the game. The band also put on a great halftime show, which gauging the reaction from the crowd shows how amped the band gets the fans.
Pistol Pete is the cowboy mascot of the Wyoming Cowboys. Throughout the game, fans can see Pistol Pete entertaining the crowd on the sidelines. Keep your eyes peeled for Pistol Pete and his crazy antics.
Cowboy Joe is Wyoming’s pony mascot who is primarily seen at football games. Cowboy Joe pumps up the crowd when he takes the field, so be ready to get excited when you see Wyoming’s famous pony take the field.
Cowboys fans stand and clap when the Western Thunder perform this song and at the end everyone spells out Cowboys and chants Cowboys! twice.
He always sings raggy music to his cattle as he swings Back and forward in his saddle on a horse (pretty good horse!) He’s a syncopated gaiter And you out to hear the meter to the roar of his repeater How they run (yes run!) When they hear him come, because the western folks all know, He’s a high fallutin’, rootin’ tootin’ Son of a gun from old Wyoming Ragtime Cowboy, (talk about your cowboy), Ragtime Cowboy Joe. C-O-W-B-O-Y-S! COWBOYS!
Fight, Wyoming, Fight
Wyoming’s primary fight song
Come on, Cowboys, gold and brown! Show them how, boys, hold them down! Start right now, boys, don’t’ delay, Break away, win today. Take that ball, and one, two, three! Carry on triumphantly — Come on and fight! Fight! Fight, you Cowboys, fight! Come on and fight to victory!
The Beer Song
In Heaven, there is no beer
That’s why we drink it here
And where we’re going from here,
Our friends will be drinking our beer.