VCU Rams Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Ryan Odom

Team Mascot: Rodney the Ram

Year Opened: 1999

Capacity: 7637

City / State: Richmond / Virginia

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

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Capital City Classic

Rival Team: Richmond Spiders

The Capital City Class is a long-running rivalry between VCU and Richmond. There is no love lost between the crosstown rivals, and there are lots of bragging rights on the line when these two meet. You won’t find a better time to take in a game at the Siegel Center, so make sure to be in attendance when the Rams face the Spiders.

VCU Rams vs Old Dominion Monarchs

Rival Team: Old Dominion Monarchs

The VCU-Old Dominion rivalry is considered the best college hoops rivalry in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been played regularly since 1969. VCU holds a slim 49-43 lead in the all-time series, but you’re always in for a good one when these two rivals meet so make sure to get your tickets when the Monarchs come to town.

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VCU Rams vs George Mason Patriots

Rival Team: George Mason Patriots

The rivalry between VCU and George Mason dates back to 1981 and has been waging ever since. The two Virginia-based schools don’t get along, and there is always a lot at stake when they meet on the hardwood meaning you won’t want to miss it when VCU takes on George Mason.

VCU Rams Stadium Guide

In Game

The VCU Rams recent rise to prominence has made attending a game at the Siegel Center a must for any diehard college hoops fans. Not only will you see a fantastic game of basketball when attending a Rams game you’ll also be treated to one of the best student sections and pep bands in the nation. The Rowdy Rams go all out to support their team on game days, and you’ll struggle to hear yourself think due to how loud the Siegel Center gets. The Peppas are also a fantastic part of any VCU game as their impressive performance will have you wanting to come back to Richmond soon.

Before tipoff, make sure to take some time to explore the Siegel Center and see all of the VCU athletics displays. The Final Four display and Wall of Distinction are must-sees for any college sports fan, and all around the arena are plaques dedicated to the best athletes in school history. Arrive early and take it all in before watching a thrilling game of Rams basketball.

After the game, take some time to explore Richmond, which is home to lots of Civil War history as well as some great bars and restaurants. F.W. Sullivans is a great place to grab a drink, and you can’t beat The Village Cafe if you’re looking to experience a Richmond staple.

A trip to Richmond to see a VCU game is a fantastic road trip for any college hoops fan, so start planning your trip today.

Things to check out

Wall of Distinction

Take some time before the game to walk the concourse and see the Wall of Distinction and the plaques honoring all of the best athletes in VCU history. The Wall of Distinction and plaques are must-sees for any college sports fan, so make sure to check them out.

Final Four Display

Before the game, stop by and check out the Final Four display. The display is an excellent tribute to the best team in VCU history and is a can’t miss whether you’re a VCU fan or not.

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Once you reach your seat, take a look at the banners hanging from the rafters. The banners celebrate the best teams and players in Rams history and are a great way for you to relive all of your favorite VCU hoops moments.

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Rowdy Rams

The Rowdy Rams are one of the best student sections in the Atlantic 10, and a big part of what makes attending a VCU basketball game such an incredible event. No matter what the score, you’ll hear the Rowdy Rams serenading the opponent team with their intimidating chants. Enjoy the cheers and chants coming from the Rowdy Rams when attending a VCU game.

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The Peppas

The VCU Pep Band, or “The Peppas” are one of the best parts of any VCU basketball game. The band plays a variety of songs ranging from school songs to pop hits and provides a fantastic atmosphere at every Rams basketball game, so enjoy their performance throughout the game.

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Rodney the Ram

Keep an eye open for Rodney the Ram during your visit to VCU. Fans young and old enjoy Rodney’s antics, and you’ll soon learn why, so don’t miss him when taking in a Rams basketball game.

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VCU superfan and National Anthem singer Chris Crowley, or as everyone knows him Pav, is a can’t miss part of any VCU Rams basketball game. Get to your seat early, so you don’t miss Pav’s wonderful rendition of the National Anthem during your trip to VCU.

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Fight Songs

  1. “Ram Fight Song”

  2. “War Song”

  3. “VCU Alma Mater”

  4. V! C! U! VCU, VCU Go Rams, Go!

  5. Rowdy Rams Chants

    List of chants performed by VCU student section

    You don’t wanna go to war, with the Rams, don’t start no STUFF won’t be no STUFF!

    Go! Rams!

VCU Rams Bars & Restaurants

  1. Gus’ Bar & Grill

    beer burger

    Convivial sports bar features TV, trivia & karaoke, plus unfussy pub fare & a weekday happy hour.

    2701 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  2. 3 Monkeys Bar & Grill

    3 Monkeys Bar & Grill

    Greek fare plus sandwiches & pizza are offered in a stylish tavern space with a bar & patio.

    2525 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    european - $$

  3. Joe’s Inn

    Beer tap

    Retro eatery opened in 1952 known for its broad comfort-food menu, vintage vibe & adjacent bar.

    205 N Shields Ave, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. GWARbar


    Fake blood-splattered bar offering meat & vegan pub fare inspired by the heavy metal band Gwar.

    217 W Clay St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Home Team Grill


    Buzzing bar with multiple TVs showing live sports, plus a menu offering hearty burgers & cocktails.

    1630 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  6. Postbellum


    Buzzy, stylish New American eatery with locally sourced fare, craft beers & outdoor seating.

    1323 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Tarrant’s Cafe

    Tarrants Cafe

    Upscale American meals in a cozy former pharmacy with tin ceilings, wooden booths & chandeliers.

    1 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    american - cafe - $$

  8. Saison


    Hip hangout with a chill atmosphere & New American classics, plus unique beers & seasonal cocktails.

    23 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. City Diner


    Low-key, neighborhood mainstay with basic American bites for breakfast & lunch, plus daily specials.

    2237 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Edo’s Squid


    Casual brick-lined Italian restaurant with a full bar & plenty of calamari dishes on the menu.

    411 N Harrison St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  11. Village Cafe

    Village Cafe

    Funky local institution since 1956 for eclectic comfort fare & an offbeat mix of characters.

    1001 W Grace St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. The Camel

    The Camel

    Late-night hub offering live music by up-&-coming bands, plus New American bites & craft beers.

    1621 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$